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in october 2004 i noticed a swelling in my left submandibular gland and mentioned it to my gp who did routine blood tests to rule out lymphoma, these were negative. by then my parotid gland was enlarged as well and i was suffering from earache + a sense of fullness, headache, and pain below my ear. i was referred to an ent specialist in april 2005 and he arranged routine blood tests positive that i was suffering from sjorgens syndrome,these being negative, he took me to theatre and biopsied salivary glands on my lip which showed chronic inflammation of the parotid gland. then he arranged a mri scan of my parotid gland which showed bulky gland with diffuse tissue this was followed by fine needle biopsy which he assured me showed nothing quote "nasty", and said he would keep an eye on me. i was then given a 6 month appointment for june 2006, which has been changed by them to september 2006 and eventually october 2006. in the meantime i moved and changed dentists and he was concerned about my salivary gland swellings and referred me to the dental hospital oral medicine department. i saw a registrar in april 2006 had x rays to rule out stones and routine blood tests,my parotid gland was milked to check for infection in the ducts. none of these tests were conclusive. then they arranged for me to have an ultrasound scan of my glands and i was told by the consultant radiologist that i had no stones, my parotid gland was very bulky and that probably my salivary disorders are due to some systemic disease and he would recommend a ct scan or mri scan. i was given an appointment for june 2006 to see the consultant in oral medicine at the dental hospital. today i have a large facial swelling which does not reduce at all, a swelling under my jaw, pain, headache. i also have the added knowledge that i have had two serious medical conditions which were missed, by the medical profession,despite various investigations, and both time the symptoms were put down to stress. i went on to suffer from a brain haemorrhage and infarct due to a large pituitary tumour and also a ruptured fallopian tube due to an abscess and subsequently developed peritonitis, luckily for me not at the same time. i have no faith in the medical profession, and i am a qualified rgn.
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