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Welcome to Just Answer and thanks for your question. Mumps is acute viral parotitis. But parotitis (inflammation of the salivary glands) can also be from bacteria, from TB, and from HIV. There is also chronic parotitis from formation of stones in the salivary glands. So far there doesn't seem to be any abscess that would require surgical drainage, or at least the xray didn't show any. Since you have gotten quick attention, the antibiotics should clear it up in a few days. The pain will improve gradually.
Any part of your mouth, up to your sinuses, down your neck, and into your ears could hurt due to referred pain.
It takes a while for pain medication to work, especially when you have been hurting for a while. Once you have had a couple of doses, you will arrive at steady state. It is always easier to keep pain managed then it is to get it under control in the first place. Most pain relievers help within a couple of hours of taking them. If you aren't feeling a lot better in the morning, you should call your doctor and let him know you need something stronger for pain. You also really should consider taking a day or two off.
Well, that's what he said...but....sigh...the VA snow storm super slammed us, and I have nothing ready to go for a sub.
I see you trained at MCV, I'm in Richmond and teach at Luther Memorial School on Northside.
He also said I was contagious...but....I have had no fever Tha I am aware of.
Yes, it is generally contagious even though you don't have a fever. If you do decide to tough it out, be careful about washing your hands and be sure to keep your mouth closed when you are outside. The cold air can be excruciating. We are in Chesterfield and just saw a snow plow go by our street! It should be a lot easier getting out tomorrow than it was plowing through virgin snow this morning.