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Old 01-06-2003, 05:13 PM   #1
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Hi, I have had a sore throat on right side, only hurts when i swallow or drink cold drinks, i have a cough i cant get rid of and also have a pea sized lump in my neck/throat area. But i also have a mild earache so i am wondering if i just have some kind of infection on the right side. Thanks for the imput.

 
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Old 01-07-2003, 05:15 PM   #2
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frankles, U should ask an ENT doc about this.

I'm sure many things could cause this but in my case it was cancer. BobE

 
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Old 01-07-2003, 05:26 PM   #3
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BobE, I went to dr today and she put me on antibiotics and said my glands were swollen. She said it could take up to 3 months for them to go down, I will get a second opinion if the sore throat doesn't go away. Thanks for replying. How long did you have symptoms before you went to dr?

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Old 01-08-2003, 10:45 AM   #4
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It was well over a year. I 1st noticed the mild sore throat around late summer of 1997. At a regular check up a couple of months later I called it to the attention of the dr and he said my throat looked OK. In the spring of 1998 I ask my onclogist (I have CLL) about this sore throat, looked OK to him also. I complained about it to yet another dr in the fall of 1998, looked OK but he did offer to set me up with ENT. January of 1999 it only took a couple of minutes before the ENT dr said this is cancer. It was very advanced by then and I was very lucky to have survived. BobE

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Old 01-31-2003, 02:58 PM   #5
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Hi BobE, Well I went back to Dr after 2 more weeks of pain when swallowing and lump in neck, antibiotics didn't work, she sent me for ultrasound which came up with 2 lumps on right side and enlarged thryoid with cyst all on right side, so she referred me to ENT and he said its just lymph nodes and dont worry, nothing wrong. I came away relieved but still feel concerned. He didn't even look down my throat.

 
Old 02-21-2003, 09:58 AM   #6
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I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in November of last year. I had the entire gland removed, and will be undergoing radioactive iodine treatment in April(this is what they use to kill any remaining tissue in your body)My thyroid levels were normal, but I had a 3cm nodule on the right lobe. They did a fine needle aspiration to see if it was cancer. There usually are no symptoms of thyroid cancer. Please be on top of your Drs. about this. They are pretty quick to dismiss thyroid problems. If your nodule is only 3mm they may do a wait and see approach. If you are male, or over age 40 I would try and make them do a FNA just to be safe. There is alot of good info on Thyroid cancer on the tyroid disorders board. Good luck!!

 
Old 02-22-2003, 02:42 PM   #7
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Hi BobE:

I'm a parent of a child who was treated for AML [acute mylogenous leukemia]. We were told up front that the chemotherapy, bone marrow transplant, GVHD meds, etc. for this very aggressive leukemia meant an increased risk of several cancers [tumour as well as other leukemias] later in life.

I'm saying this because this is probably why your Oncologist was able to diagnose you immediately while your GP wasn't. As well, your ONC was probably far more familiar with your most recent medical history, esp. treatment side-effects and long-term effect and what was 'normal' for you. Add to that, how well you as a person have come to know your own body and how you react to changes in your body. All of these things favor a faster and more accurate diagnosis in your case.

In contrast, diagnosing a cancer in someone who is not already known to have a cancer, has no family medical history, and has no known predisposition for cancer is far trickier. There are far more commonplace and statistically likelier possibilities to rule out first.

 
Old 03-19-2003, 09:08 PM   #8
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HI,
I WANTED TO SEND THIS E-MAIL NOT TO FRIGHTEN YOU BUT TO CONVINCE YOU TO SEE AND ENT. MY HUSBAND WAS DIAGNOSED WITH HEAD AND NECK CANCER IN NOV. HIS SYMPTOMS WERE A SWOLLEN GLAND AND THATS ALL. HE HAS JUST COMPLETED HIS TREATMENT TODAY. PLEASE LISTEN TO YOUR BODY, HE WAS LUCKY AND WENT TO THE DOCTOR AS SOON AS HE FELT THE LUMP.

 
Old 05-04-2003, 06:01 PM   #9
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This is scary, I was doing a search and found this forum. About 2 weeks ago, I had a swollen gland under left ear, my left nostril was painful near the tip inside and had a sore, and I developed a hard pea sized round bump under the center of my chin. I went to the doctor at the point where I only had the swollen gland, and it was warm. He said I was fighting it off, and come back if it gets worse. It got worse over the weekend, but by Tuesday or so, it was almost gone. Then nothing for about 1 1/2 weeks. For the last couple of days, I've had a pain and strained feeling at the base of my throat, and a small cough. Today, under my right ear is swollen, it hurts when I swallow, and hurts in my ear if I open my mouth too wide. Should I get worried? I know the doctor will prescribe antibiotics and it may subside, but what if it's something else? Also, being from Canada, what is an ENT? Thank you. Chris/female/42

 
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Hi Chris, I can answer part of post for sure. ENT is ear, nose, and throat!

My guess is U're probably OK but in my case I waited well over a year before seeing ENT as other doctors several times said my throat looked OK. BobE

 
Old 05-07-2003, 02:39 PM   #11
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Your symptoms are very similar to mine. I have just been diagnosed with Metastatic Squamos Cell Head and Neck Cancer. I had a small lump under my ear where you would normally find swelling due to an infection. Took anitbiotics. The lump got bigger. I also had a cough because the swelling in the neck was pressing against nerves that made me cough. Have been a heavy smoker for years. This is a very common cancer but not one to mess around with, it spreads easily due to the proximity to your lymph glands (which is where your lump is). It is actually cancer of the squamos layer of skin inside your neck, most certainly caused by or at least exacerbated by smoking.If you have tried antibiotics and they haven't worked you need to talk to your primary care physician about a biopsy ASAP. I waited 6 months and mine metastasized into the other side of my neck. Good Luck.

 
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I am 29 years of age...I have recently got these symptoms....Pain in my throat when i either swallow, cough, sneeze, or hold my breathe and try to breath out...This pain is around my glands, and sometimes above the glands just below my jaw line...My left ear always seems to go kinda blocked, and my nose is always stuffed..Only 1 side at a time, but not so stuffed that i cant breathe out of it...Anyone have any ideas to what this could be? I went to the doctor a couple times now...First time they did a swab test and it came back negative, second time i was prescribed Nasonex for the stuffed nose, and Benzydamine for my throat...Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated..

Doug


 
Old 06-05-2003, 05:07 AM   #13
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Hi there to anyone who can help, I've had a series of problems over the last couple of months. I am a 22 year old male singer and play live and rehearse regularly. I think it was in January I started getting dizzy and had a pain in the lower left hand side of my chest, so I went to the docs to get it checked out, I had an x-ray and it turned out to be nothing serious.

However about a month and a half ago it re-occured, so I had another x-ray and once again it's nothing serious, except this time I have also had a really annoying dull aching pain deep in my throat, it feels just behind where the breast bone meets the collar bone, I think the doc said it was in the thorax or something. He referred me to an ENT specialist but said this would take several months. This really worries me because it seems to have effected my singing, I find it painful to reach the higher notes which I used to be able to reach, I constantly feel like I need to clear my throat and like I need to cough, the pain's always there and I'm really terrified it's something like throat cancer. I've had it for about a month now and I'm wandering whether I should pay the money to get it checked out quicker by going private but obviously don't want to if it could be something minor, what do you think it could be?


 
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I have some rather disturbingly similar symptoms to some listed above, and would also appreciate any advice.

I began to feel a sort of 'pressure' in my throat (I notice someone else put that word in quotation marks. I think I understand what you mean. I can't make up my mind whether it feels like something there, or something _not_ there), and with this I also experience the feeling of my pulse beating quite strongly at times in the bottom of my throat.

I feel a discomfort in this part of my throat if I bend my head forward.

I also sing, and have found lately that I am either unable to sing in a high register, or if I do, my throat catches and I end up coughing and then feeling breathless afterwards. I am breathless a lot of the time actually, sometimes after no exertion. No problems breathing, just a feeling that breathing isn't doing as much good as it should.

I have also been producing a _lot_ of phlegm whenever I eat. Actually I've had this problem for years, when I eat meat, but it has gotten a lot worse in the last month and happens now whenever I eat anything at all.

I have an intermittent dry cough, and an increasing amount of gastric reflux.

I saw my GP recently and he attributed the throat symptoms (except the pulsing, which I didn't mention), to throat inflammation caused by the chronic gastric reflux. I came away feeling instinctively unsatisfied with this explanation. He did feel my neck, and look into my mouth and throat, but I'm not sure how he would spot anything as low down as this seems to be (it must be at least 10 inches below the level of my mouth)

He prescribed a proton pump inhibitor for the reflux, but I have severe tinnitus and noticed that tinnitus is a possible side effect, so I'm probably not going to go with that option.

I have to go back in a week's time for a biopsy (he thinks I have Bowen's disease, as these lesions have suddenly appeared on my legs), but to be honest I feel much concerned with this throat problem. Is this the sort of thing which a good visual inspection can reveal?

My feeling is this thing is getting more pronounced on almost a daily basis, and whereas I have to accept that his reflux explanation is plausible, I just don't feel right about it. It's hard to get a second opinion here, because most of the doctors in the area have closed their books, and I'm disabled and can't drive.

Thanks for any suggestions. I know this is probably going to just end up scaring me even more, but better scared into action revealing nothing, that lulled into complacency if the clock is ticking.

Tim

 
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loop, sorry I can't help you but wow, our symtoms are similar. I'm 55 years old. I was a heavy smoker for 25 years before quitting 16 years ago. I've been somewhat of a heavy drinker since my 30's. I'm having to constantly clear my throat and occasionally get horse in the afternoons and evenings. I also have a dry cough that won't go away since January when I had Asmatic Bronchitus. I'm usually symptom free in the mornings. I don't have a sore throat nor do I have any lumps. My doctor has me taking (Prevacid) antacid medication to rule out acid reflux, no change after several days. I also have allergies that I use nose spray and inhalers for. I'm going to see a ENT next week. Could I have throat cancer with these symptoms?


 
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