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Boston, Saliva, and Other Musings

I woke up early this morning and did not start the day off on the best note. I was scheduled for a doctor's appointment in Boston at 10am with a new oral medicine doctor at Tufts that I saw for the first time three months ago. And as soon as I woke up, I was dreading the drive (1 1/2-2 hours each way) and the pain that was going to come with seeing her.

I started seeing her because my current rheumatologist thought she could help me with the pervasive, severe dry mouth issues I have been having since I developed Sjögren's syndrome. To be honest, I wasn't sure what she could do for me that I have not already tried. But, that first visit convinced me I was in the right place. I found out that the swollen lumps in my neck, that doctors told me may be enlarged lymph nodes, were actually blocked salivary glands. At that first visit, she used pressure/massage and suction to remove small salivary stones from my glands and gave me instructions for other measures to do at home. Ho…