Greeting CLL comrades,
I am a 55 yo male who was diagnosed 16 months ago and I am in "watch and wait". Like so many of us I have fatigue, some insomnia, cramps etc. but my question concerns my dry mouth problems.
I sometimes suffer from and extremely dry mouth during sleeping hours that can become quite severe to the point where I can barely close my mouth or swallow without drinking first. The inside of my mouth swells up and it is very unpleasant. Interestingly I have never experienced this before about midnight and in every case it seems to go away by dawn at the latest.
But my questions revolve around the fact that this only happens about 1 night in 10 - thanks heavens. This begs the following questions:
What is it that brings dry mouth on some nights but not others? What I eat eg salt, MSG? Medications? Lymph node flare up? Bad karma?
Also, has anyone had success with dealing with this problem? I have some spray that helps a bit but all it really seems to be is slightly greasy water. It's called Aquae Dry Mouth Spray. It's a lot better than nothing but it only treats the symptoms, it doesn't stop the problem.
Anyway, thanks guys for any ideas you can offer.