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    I am a five year survivor of NPC. I did have the swelling under my chin. It actually was red and warm to the touch. I beleive the radiation was still working on me. I would use ice on it for ten minutes at a time. I did the massaging also. It did finally go down. I just deal every day with dry mouth has made me have to get a lot of dental work done.

    March 26 at 3:55 AM view post
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      Kevin, I am five years NED. I have used a rice filled tube that can be heated in a microwave and put that around my neck to calm the muscles. I then do some stretching exercises. I do a self massage and then put heat on it again. If swelling occurs you can do ice for ten minutes and then heat for twenty minutes. This has helped me quite a bit. I do not have much saliva so I eat moist soft foods. I find toasting brea...

      March 18 at 11:24 PM view post
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        I had the swelling and I used ice and heat to help. It is the radiation side effect. It does go away with time. Paula

        February 19 at 12:30 AM view post
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          I lost my hearing soon after my treatment. I went to my ENT who suggested that I get tubes put in my ears. I was amazed that it worked. Paula

          February 12 at 4:08 PM view post
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            I unsdertastand that breast cancer is very serious, but as a head and neck cancer survivor I see that breast cancer patients get reconstructive surgery paid for by insurance. We get nothing. As my teeth begin to decline from dry mouth. My jaw is that of an eighty year old. The skin on my face is bumpy and wrinkled and I get nothing paid for to make me fell beautiful again.

            February 05 at 1:02 PM view news story
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              I have had jaw pain and l was not able to open very wide. I did go to an oral maxiofacial doctor and he said my jaw joint looks like that of an 80 year old. Since I have had radiation, surgery is not an option. I have had the therabite and it did not work. I then had braces to improve my bite. I have done the exrcises to keep the trismus at bay. I cannot eat anything hard or that need a lot of chewing. I have dry mou...

              January 22 at 1:14 AM view post
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                If you want a natural way of controlling mucus. I have used the netti-pot with sodium and warm water. If you want more pressure behind it, you can get a squeeze bottle. Just do daily after a warm shower. Does wonders. I take salagen to stimulate saliva, but one of the side effects is that wonderful mucus. I think I get more of the mucus than saliva. Just my luck. Eh. I grew up in Northern Minnesota, we always say eh ...

                October 15 at 10:56 PM view post
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                  This is my fifth year, so welcome to the club. It is hard to grasp that I am now cured. Cheers to us all. Paula

                  October 02 at 3:34 AM view post
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                    I wish I had been told of the option of tomotherapy. I just went with what the doctors were telling me. I suffer from a severe dry mouth. My only hope is a clinical trial for gene therapy and then it will only be one parotid gland. Better than nothing I guess. Life has changed. Talking, eating and doing physical activities are affected. I was only 47 when I was diagnosed with NPC. I deal with a soar throat every day....

                    October 02 at 3:29 AM view post
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                      Jen, I see that you are in Pittsburgh. If you want a third opinion, my ENT doctor is Dr. David DeMarino. He has extensive experience. He will give you an honest diagnosis and what should be done. Try not to worry. You have no lymph node involvement. I hope you get your questions answered. Paula

                      September 04 at 3:47 AM view post
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                      About paularae

                      Survivor
                      Head and Neck Cancer
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                      I am a five year survivor of Nasophayngeal carcinoma stage 3. I still suffer from dry mouth and talking,eating and physical work cause me great discomfort. My jaw and jaw joint have been affected, so that opening my mouth causes pain. The skin on my chin and neck is burnt with scar tissue. I am looking for answers on alternative treatments for dry mouth, and or clinical trials.

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