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Pipa UK
Posts: 971

okay this is totally off topic of bears but i thought maybe someone out there has had this problem before or knows anythig you can do about it!

it seems i have a blocked saliva gland.  right behind the ear there, i can feel the little lump where the gland must be up, only i cant eat a darn thing today because the pain oh my is like nothing ive ever felt before. you see i only get the pain when i attempt to eat (because the glands are producing saliva when you think of food or go to eat food) so i can't eat and im STARVING  :lol:

anyone ever had this problem before ?? it flares up now and then but it normally goes away, but boy i dont know how much more i can stand it and i need food  :rolleyes:

ah well. back to the bears i guess. I've got body parts laying on my desk wanting to be stitched up and an empty tummy that needs stuffing  bear_laugh might keep my mind off food...

SueAnn Past Time Bears
Double Oak, Texas
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Yech . . . I don't know anything about a blocked saliva gland, but it doesn't sound good!  bear_sad Nurse Dilu or Nurse Judi might have some suggestions.

Shelli SHELLI MAKES
Chico, California
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Are you sure it's a salivary gland, behind your ear?  Sounds more like a lymph gland to me, which suggest infection.  Any chance you have an infection -- an ear infection?  An enormous zit (sorry to mention)?  A tooth absess?

Sorry, whatever the case, to hear you're feeling poorly.  I think hot brownies topped with ice cream and fudge sound just the cure!

Pipa UK
Posts: 971

It's defintley the gland . your saliva glands are placed around there aswell. behind the ear just at the top of your jaw, I've had it before but it went away and as i think of food or goto eat food i can feel the saliva moving and thats when i get the pain. it's totally fine as long as i dont eat or think of food apart from if you press your finger into the spot it hurt's like the dickens bear_grin i would eat through the pain but it's too excruciating to do that (i tried) LOL   :twisted:

Pipa UK
Posts: 971

Chocolate is normally my cure for evrything. my mother once said to me "you are the only person i know that can be feeling sick and reach for the chocolate"  bear_grin but i cant even eat my chocolate and that's bad for me because im a certified choc-o-holic  :redface:

Helena Bears-a-Bruin!
Macclesfield, UK
Posts: 1,291

Soup through a straw, so you don't have to move a muscle?! Or does it just hurt anyway?

Sounds horrible Pipa. Will you see a doctor about it after the weekend? I hope it clears of it's own accord....but if it doesn't, go and get it checked out!!!!  bear_tongue

Pipa UK
Posts: 971

OH MY WORD Helena that is just what i did before i saw this post. took some soup in a straw!! i feel like a toddler again hehe hey it's a great way to lose weight this. no need to staple your jaw or staple the stomach just get  yourself a blocked saliva gland  :lol:

Oh no, i can't go and see a Dr, if you knew our Dr's you would understand i cant go there!

Helena Bears-a-Bruin!
Macclesfield, UK
Posts: 1,291

Oooh, sorry to hear about the Dr's...I hope you're not in agony for too long then!

As for the soup, it's my probably my 'mothering' instinct kicking in. Whenever my daughter complains of feeling poorly I reach for the soup! LOLOL

Pipa UK
Posts: 971

Soup seems to be a magic cure doesn't it ?  :D
if it doesn't go away within a few days i will HAVE to go get it checked out at the Dr's. but i will suffer first and pray it goes away on it's own  bear_original

Judi Luxembears
Luxemburg, Wisconsin
Posts: 7,379

Oh Pipa, sounds painful!  The lymph gland (one of many)is located under the jaw, right at the curve of the mandible (jaw bone).

I really like Shelli's solution of chocolate but I would really go the the doctor.  If it is blocked they can unblock it for you.  You've heard the expression, " A stitch in time saves nine."  It's better to nip things in the bud before they get worse.

Best of luck.  Let us know how things turn out for you. :pray:

Pipa UK
Posts: 971

Will do Judi, I've had it before and it went away within 2 days so i'm hoping it will this time, wish there was something you could do to help it tho hehe. actually i found if i stretch my neck to the side while eating it doesn't hurt so bad  bear_grin not an easy task but if it helps  bear_shocked

clare14 Country Bears
England
Posts: 3,066

ooooh Pipa, you poor thing, that sounds painful - if anything stopped me from eating, it's got to be pain!!  :(

I hope you get that sorted soon, look after yourself won't you - I'm surprised you have the energy to bear make with no food, your little engine needs fuel you know!!

Take care of yourself x

Pipa UK
Posts: 971

Thanks Clare. oooh it does hurt sooo bad it's one of the worst pain's i've felt!! i've had myself some soup and i managed to get some cookies in Wooo  bear_laugh it feels a bit better than it did this afternoon so with a bit of luck it will be gone tomorow. it was there yesturday it's never lasted more than 2 days before in the past so here's hoping it's gone completely by tomorrow ! Seems to happen more frequent tho as time goes by. ah well. just need to keep an eye on it, i dont think you can do anything about it without medical intervention which i aint having!  bear_smile

clare14 Country Bears
England
Posts: 3,066

I had a pain in my back, between my shoulder blades which I thought perhaps I'd pulled something, only last week.   I couldn't move, I couldn't take the kids to school 'cos I couldn't move!!!   So I couldn't get to work, I couldn't even sew at home, I was disabled.

I was sooooooo fed up that day I made sure I could move the next day, when my mum came and said it could be gall bladder trouble.   I haven't been to the docs either, but I have had a bit of let up, an have TRIED to be SOOOOOOO good as a low fat diet can help this problem.

It's difficult when you have to socialise though................. :(

Food's a bugger, why can't we eat what we want!!    bear_rolleyes bear_rolleyes

Pipa UK
Posts: 971

Wow i hope your back is okay now bear_sad it sure must have been terrible for you  bear_sad

Yep the food that tastes the best is the worst for us  bear_rolleyes

Carolyn Green Draffin Bears
Auckland New Zealand
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Oh Pipa - how horrible for you that you would be feeling like this - no good at all.
Do you think that it could be your wisdom teeth or an ear infection or something like that?
Please go and see your Doctor because you sound like you are in agony and need
to get yourself sorted out  so that  you can feel well again.
Best of luck and take care of yourself.

Hugs
Carolyn

Daphne Back Road Bears
Laconia, NH USA
Posts: 6,568

PIPA!!!

YES!! This happens to me!!! It's awful and not the way I prefer to diet!!
It is indeed a blocked saliva gland, no question! My doctor told me so, years ago. I don't recall him having any magic remedies though.  bear_sad (Do they ever??)

It usually passes after a few minutes of agony so I can eat. It's always the right side and all I have to do is THINK about food.

I have found that applying pressure with two fingers at the source and slowly massaging down just under the jaw bone toward the center of the chin helps to release the saliva. Yes, the pressure will hurt but if it helps to relieve the pain quicker it's worth it! Maybe it will work for you!?

I'm sorry you have this. If you do go to the doctors and learn anything helpful do let me know!

Daphne

SueAnn Past Time Bears
Double Oak, Texas
Posts: 21,170

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Do the standard pain medications help at all?  Like Tylenol, ibuprofen, Aleve . . . or whatever?

Daphne Back Road Bears
Laconia, NH USA
Posts: 6,568

No, not for me anyway...... once your glands are no longer stimulated into producing saliva the pain starts to go away. So, I've never had the pain long enough to try meds. Pipa's got to find a way to massage the gland so the saliva drains.

Pipa... have you done an internet search to learn about this? I wonder if there is anything on www.webmd.com?

Daphne Back Road Bears
Laconia, NH USA
Posts: 6,568

http://www.sinuscarecenter.com/salivaao.html

http://www.patient.co.uk/showdoc/23069166/

http://www.addenbrookes.org.uk/serv/cli … ivary.html

Pipa - take a look at these.... could be a 'stone' blocking the gland. This leads to infection if chronic and not treated.

Pipa UK
Posts: 971

Hi Carolyn.  i had my dental 6 month check up only about a week ago and he said my wisdom teeth are fine.  no infection because if it was it would hurt all the time not just when i eat or think of eating bear_original however it is alot better today woohoo whatever the blockage was it must have passed through the gland now so I'm plesed about that! i just hope it stays down for awhile now  bear_original

Carolyn Green wrote:

Oh Pipa - how horrible for you that you would be feeling like this - no good at all.
Do you think that it could be your wisdom teeth or an ear infection or something like that?
Please go and see your Doctor because you sound like you are in agony and need
to get yourself sorted out  so that  you can feel well again.
Best of luck and take care of yourself.

Hugs
Carolyn

Pipa UK
Posts: 971

Oh My Daphne i am SO pleased someone else has the same LOL! doesn't it hurt SO BAD ???
That's what i did once. pushed the side of face trying to clear the bloackage ( i saw a lady do that once on a medical programme and she said it helped her too. she had grit in hers tho) Yep it does hurt but it does tend to help sometimes too, i couldnt do that this time though it was too sore to touch

Nope they never have any simple remedies unfortunatley  :/

Mine is always on the left side

I certainly will let you know if i find anything helpful about it. i wont see my Dr tho because last time i went when i had bad leg pain and was doing alot of travelling at the time the Doc just laughed at me like i was stupid and said "we all get aches and pains" and that was that.. i would agree if i was in my 80's but not when i was in my 20's !!!  :o

However what we must have is partial bloackage and it should clear once the bloackage passes through. if we get a complete blockage i think the only way to cure it is surgical removal (i saw them do this once on a medical programe, they insert a long needle into the gland through your mouth and remove the blockage..) the only scary thing that scared me was they told the lady NOT to move while they did it  because it could paralyze her face EEK!!

Daphne wrote:

PIPA!!!

YES!! This happens to me!!! It's awful and not the way I prefer to diet!!
It is indeed a blocked saliva gland, no question! My doctor told me so, years ago. I don't recall him having any magic remedies though.  bear_sad (Do they ever??)

It usually passes after a few minutes of agony so I can eat. It's always the right side and all I have to do is THINK about food.

I have found that applying pressure with two fingers at the source and slowly massaging down just under the jaw bone toward the center of the chin helps to release the saliva. Yes, the pressure will hurt but if it helps to relieve the pain quicker it's worth it! Maybe it will work for you!?

I'm sorry you have this. If you do go to the doctors and learn anything helpful do let me know!

Daphne

Pipa UK
Posts: 971

Hi SueAnn I've never tried any pain meds,  so i dont know how effective they would be, :)

SueAnn wrote:

Do the standard pain medications help at all?  Like Tylenol, ibuprofen, Aleve . . . or whatever?

gotobedbears Posts: 3,177

GO TO THE DOCTORS !!!!

It should'nt keep happening Pipa, everyone should be able to drool over choccies

Get it checked sweetie

Penny - (Auntie Pen knows best)

Pipa UK
Posts: 971

Yep i get No pain at all when i dont eat or go anywhere near food hehe
I did a search once about it. there doesn't seem to be much you can do apart from like you said massage it through to it clears !!!

I've just checked out the links you sent in, Looks like you need to get the stones removed if that is what the blockage is, i wonder what is blocking mine. mine comes and goes, it can be weeks and weeks bfeore it flares up again , interesting, I might go see the Dr if it comes up again where you can feel the swelling see what they recommend !!

Daphne wrote:

No, not for me anyway...... once your glands are no longer stimulated into producing saliva the pain starts to go away. So, I've never had the pain long enough to try meds. Pipa's got to find a way to massage the gland so the saliva drains.

Pipa... have you done an internet search to learn about this? I wonder if there is anything on www.webmd.com?

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