Re: salivary gland problems?
I've had an enlarged parotid gland on the left side since all my severe thyroid symptoms began - about 18 years ago. It has taken me almost that long to find out that it is not uncommon for hashi patients to have some involvement of the parotid glands - the docs I saw over the years didn't have a clue about it. I've had no RAI, or anything like that. It is very painful, and refers pain into my jaw, ear, and neck. The ENT I saw last week checked it and just said, "Yes, of course it would be painful." No advice on what to do with it at all..... A year ago, I saw a different ENT, and he said it was just "Asymmetrical" - like I was born that way or something. Not true - so, I quit seeing him.
I even read somewhere that some of the antibodies directed toward the thyroid gland in Hashi's might be produced in the parotids, as well as the thyroid gland itself.