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.
Well, I just returned from the doctor and he thinks I have a bacterial infection in the throat. He said both of my tonsils looked swollen, and that the lump on my neck is probably an infected gland, or swollen from me messing around with it often. He checked my blood and said it looked normal and he was going to send out for another test, which I'm going to call in to get the results on Friday. Any idea what kind of test that could be?
He prescribed 300mg x2/day of Omnicef antibiotics for my throat.
Do you think I need to be concerned any further? I trust my doctor, but I still feel a little worried.
Well I finished the course of antibiotics prescribed and there is no change in my symptoms. Now I notice the swallowing problem as more of a "clicking" in my throat. It happens mostly when I force a deliberate "dry swallow" (swallow saliva) as opposed to swallowing food or drink.
The lump in my neck hasn't changed much. If anything it has gone down slightly.
I've also noticed that some of the muscles in my neck are slightly tender to the touch.
I have an appointment with my dentist this week to get his point of view. Since I'm not getting anywhere with my regular doctor. I've heard dentists can be good at diagnosing cancers of the head and neck. Maybe he can refer me to a specialist.
Does this swallowing problem sound in line with some sort of cancer? When I look it up on the web that's what I come up with. I'm pretty freaked out about this.