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Unexplained swelling around jaw/chin for over 5 years.

I am a 22 year old female, 5'0" 100 pounds and I am wondering if anyone else has experienced something like this and had it resolved.

I have been experiencing what feels like fluid retention/swelling underneath my jaw/chin everyday for the last 5.5 years. The swelling lasts throughout the day and I don't notice any triggers. It can get even worse when I'm not drinking enough water, but even when I do drink enough water it's still pretty bad. I also keep a pretty low salt intake. The swelling can go down a lot after a shower, only for it to swell up again later. Recently the pressure I felt in that area got so bad that I went to the emergency room and the doctor still found nothing after feeling my jaw/neck. The pressure was just absolutely unbearable, but it went back to the usual degree of swelling the next day after getting my period. But it still swells up even when I'm not close to my period.

The swelling started 5.5 years ago and was sudden, accompanied by a sudden 10 pound weight gain (from 100-110 pounds) over the course of several days (I have since lost that excess weight). There were 2-3 times over the course of these 5.5 years when the swelling was so severe that I was not able to lie down to sleep at night.

The summer of last year (2018) my body weight went from 100 pounds to 95 pounds and the swelling mostly went away. However, I have not been able to maintain that weight even with a caloric deficit and the swelling came back.

I'm wondering if it can be a mumps (my blood test results showed that I appeared to be immune to mumps) or an issue with any of my salivary glands.
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replied August 3rd, 2019
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
Intermittent jaw swelling is usually due to salivary gland duct obstruction. Individuals with High BMI also feel intermittent swelling. Psychogenic cause or obsession should be at the bottom of list.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
Khan


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