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ktfabian

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Swollen parotid/Stiff Neck...any relation
« on: May 27, 2009, 09:49:07 PM »
I just came back from the ER (so what else is new?)

I went for two reasons: 1.Since Sunday morning when I woke up, my right heel has been extremely painful, and from limping on it, I set off terrible pain in my left pain.  I knew the pain was most liely related to my back problems (I'm fused from L4/5 to pelvis and have a large bilateral hernation at L3/4), but the pain medicine I had wasn't even coming close to working and I needed relief.  Reason 2: I have what I assume is a large pulled muscle in my neck that goes from just below that knob you have at the base of your skull on the left down into my shoulder.  Along its way, the sorest part is right along my left parotid gland which is swollen and sore.

They took care of reason 1, finding that I have a large bone spur on my heel.  The doctor said they can just decide to start hurting one day with no warning and that it was obvious that  the limping I was doing from the spur had set off the pain on the left.  They gave me two shots of dilaudid, one with valium, which helped with the leg pain, but sent me home with no pain medicine to help get me through the night til I can, hopefully, see my family doctor tomorrow.  I already tried to get an appointment with my pain doctor and the earliest is next Monday.

After telling us that, the doctor, or actually, the Nurse Practioner, was ready to send me home.  So I sent my husband out to ask "what about the neck and parotid pain?"  He had no answer for that and said they had no way of testing for that at the hospital. OK?  Really?  That answer kind of surprised me, but we were sent on our way after almost 6 hours, about 3 of them spent in the waiting room. 

The dilaudid really didn't do much for the neck pain.  I've taken a couple of percocet since coming home and am getting minimal relief.  A heating pad wrapped around my neck seems to help the most.

Has anyone had this?  Could there be a connection between the sore muscle and the swollen parotid gland?  Or is this really a pulled muscle?  The nurse practioner seemed to think it was some type of inflammatory process that would have to be figured out by my family doctor tomorrow.

In the meantime, I'm downing the percocet evey 3-4 hours, crying a bit and hoping the percocet holds out til I see the doctor tomorrow.

Help?
Tracy
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Re: Swollen parotid/Stiff Neck...any relation
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2009, 03:39:19 AM »
The only thing I can offer you is the fact that I too suffer from a swollen parotid gland and neck pain down my left side.  I have a diagnosis of Thoracic Outlet syndrome which basically means that the brachial plexus area is congested and circulation is not good on that side.  I do think it is all to do with the parotid now and, of course, our lovely SJS.  I had a neck and shoulder x-ray at one point but there was no evidence of structural damage then I treated it like whiplash as I had had a couple of neck related injuries which probably didn't help.  Nothing seemed to work for long.  However, it does seem to come and go and is definitely worse near a period when the parotid seems to get worse too so now I remind myself that it will subside at some point.

I go to Pilates which definitely helps and a therapist told me to put two tennis balls in a sock, lie down and put them under the rim of the occipital bone and relax for 10 minutes but I guess you need specialist advice on that one.  Heat helps me too!

Hope you feel better soon.

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Re: Swollen parotid/Stiff Neck...any relation
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2009, 06:24:22 AM »
I am suffering at the moment on the left side.. from the base of my ear down my neck and into my shoulder/back. This is also making my left arm ache and it feels numb in places and I have tingling in my hand.  I am booked in for an x-ray on 5th June and have anti inflammatories and paracetamol... it dulls the pain but doesnt stop the ache in the arm.  I have no idea what is causing this as I am undiagnosed at present, but know what you are going through...

I am sorry I cant offer any advice, but hot baths are soothing..

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Re: Swollen parotid/Stiff Neck...any relation
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2009, 10:16:43 AM »
Thanks Fluffiebunny and Tryfan-

I've been keeping the area warm with one of those BedBuddies heating pads that you can warm up in the microwave.  It just really threw me to have someone of knowledge in the ER say that they have no way to find out what's going on. My area of pain is just about like yours, Flutterbunnie,  but it starts at the base of my skull and encompasses  my ear then on to my back.

It's been a miserable night trying to sleep with these two areas of intense pain (my leg continues to be very painful, perhaps in protest of all the walking I did on the heel spur?), but my family doctor just called and said she'll see me today, so that will  hopefully bring some type of relief iif not an answer.  In the meantime, my head and neck motions are pretty limited, even with the warm pack constantly around my neck.  I tried a hot pack but found out  I couldn't handle the heat, just the warmth.

Thanks for sharing your experiences,
Tracy
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Re: Swollen parotid/Stiff Neck...any relation
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2009, 12:04:29 PM »
Hi Tracy

I don't have a swollen parotid but I do get a lot of neck pain - and upper back pain come to that.  My GP just puts it down to general inflammation.
I take tramadol and paracetamol daily and if my neck gets really sore I intersperse the meds with Ibuprofen as well till it settles a bit.

I feel for you.

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Re: Swollen parotid/Stiff Neck...any relation
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2009, 01:09:57 PM »
I got this on the right side! Trying to figure it out  too! They found my thyroid was a bit enlarged on the right side too, so I see an endo next week. But the shooting pain under my jaw, and ear plus the neck pain (can hardly tilt my head to the right)

Ok, re your foot, I just went through a BAD bout of this last Dec/Jan, could hardly walk for WEEKS!.. the foot Dr was wanting to do surgery and I mentioned it to my Rheum at regular appt....He said "you don't need surgery!"  Was I amazed at what cured it per my rheum! Get a donut shaped heel (hole in the center) cushion and a pair of of Walk Right Orthotics ($19.99 at Walgreens) put the donut cushion on the orthotic of the offending heel, (you have to wear sneakers or other shoes the orthotics will fit in for a while.
Twice a day sit and write the alphabet in the air with your foot, and I took some Lodine for 10 days. Done,
gone, over.
I was very skeptical this could work b/c of the amount of pain I was experiencing, but it worked, and if I feel it coming back, I do this for a couple days and it goes right away.
try it! Can't hurt anything

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Re: Swollen parotid/Stiff Neck...any relation
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2009, 09:10:30 PM »
Missb-

My husband was suggesting something like you bought for your foot!  I'll have to send him to Walgeens.  The very last thing I need on ,y plate is another surgery - I've had two in the last 6 months, along with pneumonia, so my body is beat. 

But the pain that seems to be in that muscle or just behind it that runs along my left parotid gland hurts bigtime, I'd say a 8-9 on the 1-10 scale they always use.  I called my rheumy but got no call back.  Saw my GP and she said she had no answer, that it's a questions for rheumy.  She did increase my pain med, and I've got a call into my insurance to get the ok to got to ER at local hospital with rheumatologist on staff.  My rheumy is 2-1/2 hours away, which  really stinks in situations like this.  Especially since he's getting really bad at returning calls.  And this is n A-rated rheumie, so this is making me upset, only adding to a bad situation.                                                               

I'm trying very hard to practice my relaxation techniques, and GP gave me samples of AmbienCR today - my insurance says I'm over my allowed # for the year even though it was Sept. or Oct. since I got it filled last.

I'm really uncomfortable,
Tracy
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