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Old 06-26-2004, 04:33 PM   #1
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Swollen Salivary Gland =(

For the past 8 months I have occasionally developed a small clear bubble on my gums, in between my top and bottom molars (where you get novicaine injections), on the left side of my mouth. Worrying about the bubble, I saw 2 different dentists who theorized that my salivary gland was severed during wisdom tooth extraction (which happened to be in November) and it wasn't a big deal....I never had any pain or discomfort, just the bubble, usually within 6 hours or so the bubble would pop and the gum would heal within a day.

A few months ago a host of other things started happening in my body....racing heart beat (110 beats a minute), cold intolerance (I was cold ALL the time!), muscle tension, depression, anxiety, loss of interest in the gym(I went EVERYDAY for 5 years!!), weight loss, left eye pain, insomnia, swollen lymph nodes on the left side of my neck, left sided headaches, TMJ seeming pain, bowel trouble, abdominal pain, chest pain, numbness, sensitivity to light....the list goes on and on....

An urgent care Dr tested me for thyroid problems and dismissed all of my symptoms and blamed them on anxiety when all of my blood came back normal....knowing something was wrong I finally saw my MD who prescribed prozac....

I really feel I have a thyroid problem...all of my blood work is "normal" but I know better...

It's been 8 months since the clear bubbles started showing up in my mouth, lately I don't get the little clear bubbles...the gland just feels a little tender!

Has anyone else had a salivary gland problem before iodine treatment??

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Old 06-26-2004, 08:53 PM   #2
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Re: Swollen Salivary Gland =(

I haven't had any teeth pulled or had iodine treatment, but I have had swollen salivery glands which hurt like crazy. After dealing with it for months (more like a year) I was diagnosed with thyroiditis. Along with the gland problem, I also had almost all of the other symptoms that you mentioned. It's not much fun. Good news is that it has gotten much better and I am now on Levoxyl. BTW, my labs have never been seriously out of range but my doctor still chose to treat me and I am happy to say that I am starting to feel much better.

I can sure sympathize with the discomfort your going through. Hope you get some relief soon.

 
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Re: Swollen Salivary Gland =(

Do you suspect you might be hypothyroid or hyperthyroid? (Your symptoms do tend toward hyper...) And what do you mean by "iodine treatment"? Even if you are hyper, do NOT rush toward RAI ablation as a first means of control

Your questions are slightly confusing. It would be best to get your exact test results and post them for our unexpert analysis.

I get little clear bubbles in the place you describe, and on the roof of my mouth sometimes. I haven't connected them with my hypo... but then, they haven't bothered me enough to consider it.

 
Old 06-27-2004, 04:27 PM   #4
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Re: Swollen Salivary Gland =(

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Do you suspect you might be hypothyroid or hyperthyroid? (Your symptoms do tend toward hyper...) And what do you mean by "iodine treatment"? Even if you are hyper, do NOT rush toward RAI ablation as a first means of control

Your questions are slightly confusing. It would be best to get your exact test results and post them for our unexpert analysis.

I get little clear bubbles in the place you describe, and on the roof of my mouth sometimes. I haven't connected them with my hypo... but then, they haven't bothered me enough to consider it.
I dont know if I'm hyper or hypo....I am still researching! Is there a way of figuring that out on my own without my labs?!

I'm sorry for my confusing questions. I did a search on this board about swollen salivary glands and I noticed that most of the people experiencing problems had them AFTER iodine treatment. (that's why I mentioned it.)

I still haven't gotten a DR to take me seriously, so still no diagnosis. They all look at me like I'm an anxiety case and keep pushing the SSRI's! I plan on demanding another thyroid test as soon as I see my newly chosen MD, I can't live like this forever!!! Thanks for your help!

I only get the salivary gland problem/clear bubbles on one side of my mouth...which also happens to be the side of my body that I have the majority of my "numbness', throat pain and discomfort. Sound familiar?!

 
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Re: Swollen Salivary Gland =(

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I dont know if I'm hyper or hypo....I am still researching! Is there a way of figuring that out on my own without my labs?!
Well, not really. The symptoms of an overactive and an underactive thyroid often cross over from one condition to another. Cold intolerance, for example, is most often a feature of hypo- (underactive), and heat intolerance is most common to hyper- (overactive); but either condition can feature either symptom. The ones you mention, are most often associated with a hyper condition, but there is no way to know for certain without tests. The ones you should ask for are TSH, free T4, free T3, and thyroid antibodies- TPO, Tg, and/or possibly TSI in your case, because of your hyper symptoms. If these tests weren't done, no one can tell you that you don't have thyroid disease.
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An urgent care Dr tested me for thyroid problems and dismissed all of my symptoms and blamed them on anxiety when all of my blood came back normal....knowing something was wrong I finally saw my MD who prescribed prozac....
My gut feeling is that he doesn't have a clue about which tests to order or how to interpret the results. It happens all the time. It's more common than the profession cares to admit, but it's true.
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I'm sorry for my confusing questions. I did a search on this board about swollen salivary glands and I noticed that most of the people experiencing problems had them AFTER iodine treatment. (that's why I mentioned it.)
Please, don't apologize. You're still learning, no problem. The salivary gland side effect can happen from RAI, but it's wa-a-ay too soon for you to think about that, if it ever becomes a concern for you at all. Swollen salivaries are not something that would be considered an effect of thyroid disease... at least, not that I've ever read... and I've read a lot. Could be it really is simply from your wisdom tooth surgery.

With the list of symptoms you have, you need thyroid testing and a more competent MD than the one at the urgent care center. You are right to resist depression and anti-anxiety drugs at this point.
When you have your tests done, you can post the results here, and we can help you interpret them.

 
Old 06-28-2004, 06:40 AM   #6
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Re: Swollen Salivary Gland =(

My sister got swollen salivery glands a couple of times. I did some research on it and found that some people with lupus get this swollen salivery gland thing. I have not read that it is related to thyroid though. However Lupus is an autoimmune disease as is Hashimotos so maybe it is possible that there's a link between some thyroid disorders.

 
Old 06-28-2004, 07:20 PM   #7
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Just a thought lammys, but you might want to do a search and read about Sjogren's Syndrome. It does affect the salivary glands which can release the anitithyroid anitibodies that cause thyroiditis. I mention this because I have been through all the testing for Sjogren's, which I apparently don't have in conjuction with my thyroiditis. The specialist I see feels that my thyroid gland was so inflamed that it caused my salivary problems.

Not sure where I was going with all of this........just thought I might mention Sjogren's as something you might be interested in reading about.

 
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