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Does surgery=swollen glands ??????
« on: June 21, 2008, 02:44:06 AM »
Hello My Friends,
Yesterday I had a minor outpatient surgery procedure. When I woke up and since then, my salivary glands are soooo swollen and tender.....beyond what I have experienced before! Has anyone experienced this and perhaps have any suggestions for relief?
Thank you!!!


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Re: Does surgery=swollen glands ??????
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2008, 05:13:35 AM »
Good Morning Suze,
I hope the surgery itself went well for you.  As for the swollen glands you might try massage and warm compresses. 

I hope you feel better real soon.



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Re: Does surgery=swollen glands ??????
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2008, 05:18:36 AM »
So sorry your feel so lousy, Suze.

The swelling could be a flare type reaction to the surgery (SjS doesn't recognize minor, it can react to anything), or a mechanical problem resulting for positioning during the surgery. If you were asleep, you may have had an oxygen mask (resuscitation type) held over you face, and the pressure could cause swelling, or you may have had an oxygen/anaesthetic tube inserted, which requires some manipulation of the jaw.

First, let the doctor who performed the procedure know about the reaction if you can (I know, it's the weekend, naturally!) If you can't get in touch with anyone for advice, I think I'd try heat or cold applications and NSAIDS (if not contraindicated by your procedure) and if there's no improvement in 48 hours (by Monday morning), or if it gets any worse, I'd have a doctor see it. Please remember this is not medical advice, just things that have worked for me in the past, as a sjoggie.
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Re: Does surgery=swollen glands ??????
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2008, 11:12:07 AM »
Hi Suze,

I too am sorry that you feel bad, and I would also suggest a compress, seems to work for me when I have extensive dental work done.

Hang in there and I hope you feel better soon. 

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Re: Does surgery=swollen glands ??????
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2008, 08:51:06 PM »
I too recently had a dental procedure done with IV sedation and have been in a major flare since then.  My partoid glands at the back of my jaws have been so sore and inflamed.  I really didn't know what was going on until I went to my pcp and asked him what it was.  He said that my procedure apparently had set off a flare and that it would probably take steroids to get it calmed down again.  You may need to call  your doctor and see if you need steroids for the inflammation too. 

I am scheduled to have another dental procedure on Tuesday and I would imagine that it is only going to make this soreness and swelling worse.  I know I have to have the dental work done but I hate the side effects that it causes.  I have decided that you can't win when it comes to Sjogren's and procedures.  We have to have them but it causes Sjogren problems.  I guess we just have to deal with them as they come along. 

Good luck in finding out what to do about your soreness.  I wish you well and let us know how things are going with it.