When I eat I get very tired, because I have very little salivation. I think I have problems on my left salivary gland since it is swollen compared to the other. I went to specialists and they told me that it is longer, but not much else. I think I always have the problem, but when I eat I cannot do much because of this longer and swollen gland. I have spent many months with the swelling on the left side of my face, even my ears, and I think I am developing osteoarthritis.
I sing, I am a tenor, when my health allows it. So I haven't been able to work for three years. I have also had problems with my teeth, which I have tried to take care of. I am less swollen now, but I still have the salivation problem. What will happen to my stomach? Isn't this gland a danger? I think that for singing it is necessary to have good salivation. I floss regularly, prefer soups and salads, and I use a lot of yoghurt. It could be xerostomia.
I also have a nasal deviation, and I always have a cold. The weather in Italy, surrounded by the sea, is not made for me. I also have reflux. I am asking for help because I have been to several doctors. Now I live in Lignano Sabbiadoro, but I was much better in Tuscany, where I was before, I have now understood that I was ok in the Tuscan Apennines, but there's nothing I can do now.
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Story edited 07-14-09 JTD
Story posted 07-24-09 SLE
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Story Translator: Alba León
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