Throat cancer, but no risk factors?
I posted something similar to this on in the Thyroid section, but after doing some more research, I'm thinking it probably isn't my thyroid I'm having trouble with.
For about a year now I've had a lump on my throat, I've always assumed it was my lymph node swollen (only the right lymph node). Along with this, I've had a reoccurring sore throat...occurring off and on for about a year as well. When I do have a sore throat, it is very difficult to swallow (often there is a sharp pain on the right side...the side with the 'swollen lymph node'). My sore throats sometimes only last a few days, but always come back. I've been to my doc quite often over the past year about my throat and she can never find any sign of infection. Only once did my doc tell me I had strep and gave me antibiotics. Most times she just said it looked red, but that's it. And as for the lymph node, she said that sometimes it just takes a while for the swelling to go down after an infection (and I know this, but, a whole year? really??).
Anyway, lately (the past few weeks) I've had this nagging cough...almost like a tickle in my throat, that will not go away. I've also had a lot of pain in my ears (my doc checked..there is no infection) along with ringing in my ears. My throat is constantly dry and hoarse, and there are two blister-like sores in the back of my mouth that keep coming back. In general, I've been feeling very tired, weak, fatigue, and getting through days has been difficult. Finally I went to my family doc last week and she Finally referred me to an ENT. My appointment is next week.
So, my question is, (and I know I'm probably being paranoid..at least I hope) is it possible that it could be a tumor in my throat and not a swollen lymph node, even though I have absolutely none of the risk factors for it (I don't smoke, I am a 24 yr old female, and there is very little cancer in my family)?
I should also mention that I had a seizure a little over a month ago, and that I've been having aura's for about a year now. I saw a neuro and he believes I have temporal lobe epilepsy. I'm getting an EEG done on Friday to confirm it.
Any thoughts or personal experience would be greatly appreciated. I'm so tired of not getting answers from my doctors!
Last edited by Karly25; 04-19-2010 at 02:51 PM.