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    Old 01-24-2004, 03:49 PM   #1
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    Very few people have ever heard of a salivary stone, much less had one; it's pretty much a 1 in 1000 kind of thing. Since I was one of the chosen ones to get one, I decided that I'd write a brief summary of my experience when I found such a lack of information on this condition.

    My salivary stone showed up on a routine x-ray taken by my orthodontist a few years ago. Naturally, the orthodontist was somewhat uneasy with this, being that he had never seen such a thing. He referred me to an oral surgeon, who told me "Congratulations, you have a salivary stone! Completely harmless, but they can get annoying, so if you ever notice that side of your mouth swelling up when you eat, come back and we'll fix it."

    Seven years passed between then and now, when all of a sudden, my mouth started hurting on the lower right side under my tongue whenever I ate. It would swell up, and if I hadn't known better I would have sworn that I was growing a second head. So, I did what any sensible person would do - I made another appointment with my oral surgeon.

    Turned out that the thing had gotten a lot bigger; my body, for some odd reason, can't really deal with lots of calcium, and that was just a convenient place for it to go and turn into a stone. He decided that I'd be better off getting it removed by an E.N.T. specialist since it was so far back in my mouth.

    Did I mention that a tiny little bit of it passed? That was PAINFUL, and followed by a discharge of pus. VERY unpleasant...... so I was put on antibiotics (1500 mg a day for a week) until the day of my surgery.

    I had the surgery to remove it yesterday. It really wasn't bad. I'm glad my doctor decided to put me completely to sleep for the whole thing, though - he made a tiny little incision on the duct and popped the stone right out. Even better - he let me keep it! It's about the size of the top joint of my little finger. Said it was the biggest stone he'd ever seen. As for post-op pain, I won't lie - last night, I thought I was going to die and I have a superhuman pain tolerance. I never cry because of pain, but I was crying last night. A cup of hot chamomile tea, some chicken soup, and a hydrocodone took care of it. Honestly, the breathing tube they put in my throat and the resulting sore throat/laryngitis were worse than the pain around the surgery site.

    Hope this was helpful in some sense!

     
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    Old 01-24-2004, 04:53 PM   #2
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    Re: Salivary Stone Issues

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    Very few people have ever heard of a salivary stone, much less had one; it's pretty much a 1 in 1000 kind of thing. Since I was one of the chosen ones to get one, I decided that I'd write a brief summary of my experience when I found such a lack of information on this condition.

    My salivary stone showed up on a routine x-ray taken by my orthodontist a few years ago. Naturally, the orthodontist was somewhat uneasy with this, being that he had never seen such a thing. He referred me to an oral surgeon, who told me "Congratulations, you have a salivary stone! Completely harmless, but they can get annoying, so if you ever notice that side of your mouth swelling up when you eat, come back and we'll fix it."

    Seven years passed between then and now, when all of a sudden, my mouth started hurting on the lower right side under my tongue whenever I ate. It would swell up, and if I hadn't known better I would have sworn that I was growing a second head. So, I did what any sensible person would do - I made another appointment with my oral surgeon.

    Turned out that the thing had gotten a lot bigger; my body, for some odd reason, can't really deal with lots of calcium, and that was just a convenient place for it to go and turn into a stone. He decided that I'd be better off getting it removed by an E.N.T. specialist since it was so far back in my mouth.

    Did I mention that a tiny little bit of it passed? That was PAINFUL, and followed by a discharge of pus. VERY unpleasant...... so I was put on antibiotics (1500 mg a day for a week) until the day of my surgery.

    I had the surgery to remove it yesterday. It really wasn't bad. I'm glad my doctor decided to put me completely to sleep for the whole thing, though - he made a tiny little incision on the duct and popped the stone right out. Even better - he let me keep it! It's about the size of the top joint of my little finger. Said it was the biggest stone he'd ever seen. As for post-op pain, I won't lie - last night, I thought I was going to die and I have a superhuman pain tolerance. I never cry because of pain, but I was crying last night. A cup of hot chamomile tea, some chicken soup, and a hydrocodone took care of it. Honestly, the breathing tube they put in my throat and the resulting sore throat/laryngitis were worse than the pain around the surgery site.

    Hope this was helpful in some sense!
    Thank you for sharing because I have one too. Only mine was diagnosed as being in the area around the jaw joint. I am still assuming that it is a salivary stone since the dentist never saw it on the dental Xray,. I have been considering showing it to my new doctor since it is obvious on the out side of my mouth and looks like I have the mumps on one side, except that it is not in my mouth!

     
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    Re: Salivary Stone Issues

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    Thank you for sharing because I have one too. Only mine was diagnosed as being in the area around the jaw joint. I am still assuming that it is a salivary stone since the dentist never saw it on the dental Xray,. I have been considering showing it to my new doctor since it is obvious on the out side of my mouth and looks like I have the mumps on one side, except that it is not in my mouth!
    Yes, it's possible to get a stone there too, it's just a lot more common to get them in the sublingual glands. Coincidentally, the location you're describing is also the location that's affected by mumps, and I'd say that you probably have a lot of discomfort when you eat........according to my ENT, most of the saliva that's produced when you eat comes from those glands. If I were you, I'd see a doctor. Yours could probably be removed really easily! The only reason I had to have an actual surgical procedure for mine is because it had just gotten so big and quite painful. And, be thankful - the removal of yours wouldn't involve stitches under your tongue like mine did!

     
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