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Hi everyone, Im new here. Apart from many other illnesses and issues. One of them has been my salivary glands. Its been about a year or so of swollen glands (or so I thought) for approx. 2 weeks out of a month, and then going down. Its worse coming up for an evening time. About 4 months ago, they came up and never went down, very painful and increasing my problem of dribbling and not noticing. Eventually I went to my GP, who sent me to see a Consultant in Haematology. After blood tests Slightly raised white cells and slightly lower red blood cells, he sent me to have an ultrasound. Which showed a nodule on my Thyroid. I was referred to an ENT, who told me that seem as though its small I could have a fine needle biopsy. I went for my biopsy at a different hospital, they told me it was too small to worry about and within their guidelines of being within what they call normal parameters. But, they found there was actually 2 nodules, and has anyone ever mentioned my salivary glands? I said no, and I heard them discussing my ultrasound they had been performing. That they look completely wrong, speckling was mentioned and that also lymph nodes in the cervical area at the front on my neck were visible. He explained that in children they are visible, but as you age they in this area tend to shrink and arnt normally visible. Approx 1cm in size, but I don't know how many they can see. I asked them to biopsy them then and there since they wernt going to biopsy the nodules. But they said it would just show Chronic Inflammation. No mention of stones etc. The rude ENT Consultant I had seen hasn't requested to see me again despite the findings, so im waiting to go back to haematology, who in all honesty don't know what to do with me as its really not in their field now. Im left with all this pain, difficulty in breathing when the inflammation is at its worst, choking on my own saliva, dribbling, which seems to be burning the sides of my mouth when it runs out, leaving it dry, sore and spotty, does saliva do that? But the weird thing is, first thing in the morning, apart from having a soaked pillow, which I have to turn over during the night, not being able to get comfortable laying down as not only it is painful, as well as two stripes, so to speak, down the back of my neck hurting. My lungs feel like paper and so dry first thing? At night I get so thirsty too, I can drink pints of water. Plus I itch all the time too. Does any of this make sense to anyone and can anyone help me, also, is it ENT's responsibility to deal with me, or someone else now? Please can anyone help me, Im desperate. Thank you in advance. Tania
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