| | Terrified of throat cancer
I used to chew tobacco a lot during college and am now a 29 y.o. male. Anyhow, as of late I've had this swallowing problem. It comes and goes. The more I pay attention to it, the more prevalent it gets. If I ignore it (say on the weekend when I'm not sitting at my desk) it completely goes away. If it gets real bad I feel a sort of clicking when I swallow and a sort of pressure on the left side of my throat. I don't feel it at all when I drink water or eat. It's only when I dry swallow, or when I'm swallowing a lot (because I'm paying attention to it). I also have a pea sized lump in the same area that is right next to my adam's apple. It's sort of squishy like a vein. It could have always been there, but I'm noticing it now of course because I am probing around for stuff...
I'm a panic disorder/GAD person and am on Zoloft. I had GERD but it's under control with Aciphex. Yes, I know...I'm a mess. =)
Anyhow, I have another doctor's appointment in a few weeks, but am freaked out about this whole thing due to my past habits. And when I search the internet for symptoms I come up with all kinds of nasty stuff (including throat cancer).
Any insight would be appreciated. And I'll be sure to post what the doctor (GP) determines.