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Old 01-08-2010, 04:15 PM   #1
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Throat cancer symptoms or possibly something else?

Hi all,

I'm new to the board and I figured I'd post my medical question here because I didn't see a thread dedicated to throat cancer specifically. Let me go ahead and say that I do have occasional bouts of hypochondria so please bear with me while I try to explain my symptoms. So without further ado, here is my list:

1. Excessive mucus and congestion in sinuses.

2. Feel like I'm constantly clearing my throat and coughing up phlegm. I'm snorting it up probably 25-30 times a day. It is mostly clear but sometimes yellow or light brown.

3. Slight difficulty swallowing and the feeling that I may be swallowing "around" something. It's not necessarily painful are too difficult, just kind of uncomfortable.

4. Soreness in throat, especially if I've been talking for a while (I'm not a particularly loud talking either). The soreness isn't the scratchy type but more like the feeling that the muscles around my voice box are sore.

5. Occasional bouts of mild nausea.

6. Mild discomfort in chest (most recent symptom).

When I saw my doctor back in August of last year I was told that I probably just had some sort of allergy (I have a dog and a cat and clean houses for a living) and that the sore throat and nausea was caused my mucus draining down into it. None of these symptoms are really painful per se but they are persistent and annoying enough that I'm starting to get concerned.

After doing some research on these symptoms I've discovered that they can be early warning signs of throat cancer and so now of course I'm really concerned. I'm wondering if I should see my doctor yet another time (the third time I've visited him about this) or if I should just go to a specialist. He doesn't seem to be too concerned about cancer but like I stated before, I am a hypochondriac and I don't want to waste more time and money being told that I just have too much snot in my nose.

Thoughts?

 
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Old 01-08-2010, 09:12 PM   #2
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Re: Throat cancer symptoms or possibly something else?

Before I'd start worrying about cancer, I'd try to treat those symptoms as if they were caused by allergies. You may want to use a Neti Pot or other irrigation system...two of my friends who have severe allergies totally got rid of their post-nasal drip and infected sinuses by irrigating daily. And post-nasal drip can cause all the symptoms you describe.

Ruth

 
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