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Old 09-11-2011, 05:40 PM   #1
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Making myself sick(er) with worry..

Hi....I'm looking for advice on what could be wrong with me. I've pretty much convinced myself that I have throat cancer and in my usual obsessive, anxiety-ridden way have come to the point that I cannot sleep and am having a hard time with daily life (I'm a 40 yr old mom of 4). Anyway, my symptoms started with a sore throat on the left side, pain up the side of my neck on that same side, and left ear pain. After a few days I went to see my physicians assistant who diagnosed me with sinusitis. I took amoxicillin for 6 days, then noticed a very white tongue. Ear and neck pain were gone...but sore throat remained. My tongue was not only white, but very cracked, sore (felt burned), and inflamed. Went back to my doc., who thought I had thrush, and put me on oral nystatin, 4x a day. After 8 days, my tongue was worse, still white (towards the back) and sore, as was my throat. I then went to the dentist. She thought it was not oral cancer, or thrush, but possibly viral. Back to my reg. doctor who still is convinced it is thrush and puts me on diflucan. Next stop, oral surgeon. He takes one look at my tongue and claims he has never seen anything like it...and tells me to come back in 2 weeks, after trying an antibacterial mouthwash. So, all of this has happened over the course of 6 weeks. I am a mess. My throat hurts, not severely, but enough for me to notice. I do have hpv, and had 2 colposcopies for flare ups maybe 7-8 years ago. I just had blood work done in late July and all was normal. So, just wondering if anyone has any advice? I'll be going back to my pcp on Tuesday, and an ENT on Wednesday. I am paranoid that I'm dying and spend a lot of time in panic mode. Thanks in advance to anyone that can help...I'll def. repost the ENT's findings to help others searching the net.

 
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:50 PM   #2
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Re: Making myself sick(er) with worry..

So, I am just going to say that if you do not get a satisfactory answer from the ENT, then get an appointment with a specialist. Best bet is to go to a research hospital. The folks at research facilities are more prone to think outside the box. They WANT to find something different than what they have seen 100 times before.
Good luck!

 
Old 09-23-2011, 11:12 AM   #3
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Re: Making myself sick(er) with worry..

I will def. try that if I don't get an answer from my ENT on Wednesday. I've gone through a whole bottle of nystatin, 2 weeks of diflucan and am workin my way through 70 clotrimazole lozenges, and still have a sore throat....tongue is a bit better, but still sore. The ENT was confident that the lozenges would be the thing that made this all better, so it'll be interesting to see what he says.

 
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