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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Swollen gland left side eye head pain

02/22/2007

Question:

Hello. On Nov. 4th. 2006 i woke up with my laft side salivary and/or submandibular gland very swollen and laft side of face numb. A week earlier i had a coldwhich was gone in a day. 2 or 3 days later a sore on my upper left lip and 2 days after that woke up with the swollen gland. It`s now february 16th. Through this period left side gland swells on/off, but never disapears. At times felt like clasic bell`s palsy without paralyzis. At other times felt like classic sinus infection. Lately left head and left eye pain specially when gland feels relly swollen. MRI brain + facial nerves was unremarkable. ENT scope twice and seen lot of swelling just above vocal cords bi-lat. on some folds but that`s it. CT no contrast just very little glog of RIGHT sinus. This morning felt like nothing, well just the mild swollen of left gland when is not very imflamed. Now i feel bad left eye pain and some headaches left side and left side gland very swollen and painful a bit. The eye pain stated about 2 weeks ago and is getting really anoying. Thanks.

Answer:

Your symptoms are somewhat atypical.  Recurrent salivary gland swelling could be due to a blocked duct from a stone or inflammation caused by your immune system.  The pain sounds like neuralgia possibly post viral.  Consider seeing a neurologist.

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Response by:

David  L Steward, MD David L Steward, MD
Professor of Otolaryngology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati