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Hi everyone, I'm Belén, i am 20 years old and I'm from Chile and I want to know that you think about my condition
Around march of this year I started to feel my eyes getting really dry, they burn and the only solution I found was to close them and press my hands against them until I bought artificial tears, but they only work for like 10 minutes, after that they get dry again. Also, my nose started to get very dry around May and, until now, it has never been not-dry; it hurts, it doesn't let me sleep, I usually get wounds which take their time to close and the worst part is that if I don't swallow saliva usually, the part of the nasal tract that connects to the pharynx get really really dry and eating becomes hard. I don't seem to have any problems with saliva production though. The only thing remarkable about my mouth is that I have always had dry lips, I don't remember a time in my life when I didn't have them.
Some extra stuff that I don't know if they are important are that I got a very bad flu in March, and after I recover the same month, I started to notice this symptoms. Since then I haven't been sick, which is weird because in my country we're already in spring, I mean, I survived fall and winter with a dry nose, and that's really weird on me . Also, in August I noticed a small lump on my jaw, below the right ear but it disappeared after 1 week. In September my eyes seemed to get better, so I stopped using my artificial tears but the last few days they got dry again and today I noticed another lump in the same area but on the left side of my face.
I wrote all this because I'm terrified of doctors: I'm scared that i actually have something serious like Sjogren's or that I'm just overreacting. Also, I'm a college student and going the doctor is a problem, at the money side.
I know that I should consult a doctor so if you have anything to say about what I should tell them or anything that I can check or focus about myself, or what you think about this, please write them down below.
Thanks for reading!
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