Swollen parotid glands,hearing loss,swollen abdomen,asthma,muscle pain,sleeplessness. Are these symptoms of Lyme disease?
You have reasons for most of the symptoms in the form of fibromyalgia and sinusitis. As I understand you are trying to get some ideas about the recurrent parotid swelling. Hence let us focus on parotid swelling and hearing loss here.
Diagnosis of parotid gland swelling is quite challenging. It is the one which functions normally right from birth till the end.
First, is it inflammatory or infectious swelling? It can be determined by some blood tests. An antibody test like ELISA & Western blot to detect antibodies against Borrelia infection. This rules out Lyme disease.
If this is just inflammatory and not infectious, then the following points:
Autoimmune diseases should be considered with blood tests like Anti SSA and SSB. Pseudosialectasis and Mikulicz syndrome are two such.
Granulomatous disorders like Sarcoidosis can be thought of. Scarring in the lungs and asthma is known combination with Sarcoidosis.
Why cannot it be a part of Fibromyalgia? I am unsure but you can post this question to the treating doctor.
CT Scan / MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) of the gland can detect few changes and can be of due help to arrive at a diagnosis. Though infrequent, parotid gland biopsy is done as the last resort.
The left out symptom is loss of hearing with buzz in the head. Sinusitis is a good reason but I am unable to explain it without an Audiogram. My knowledge is limited in this area.
I suggest a consult with a Head & Neck surgeon which I presume is not done yet. Check if you are on steroid medication as it can lead to weight gain and muscle pains as well.
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