Hello all, my name is Ashley. I'm 19 turning 20 next week and a smoker since about age 16. I wasn't sure whether to post this in the throat cancer or oral cancer board. But, here goes. I have been having major anxiety and it's different from me thinking oh I have this orbit have that. This time something is very wrong..and I am very worried. I woke up Thursday morning with the sensation of a lump far down on the back of my tongue whenever I swallowed. I stuck my finget down my throat and was able to feel a lump.It is now Tuesday and it is not getting better. Went to urgent care, they did an X-ray which showed nothing, which I would assume since X-ray is primarily for bone. But today I went to an ENT Specialist and I told him what was going on. He put the camera thing up my nose and into my throat and at first couldn't see what I was talking about and I was relieved. But then he did see it. He said its about the size of a pea and a pale white color. Said it resembled an ulcer. He said that ulcers are usually viral but he would prescribe antibiotics to take until my follow up and when I come back if there's no improvement, then he will be doing a biopsy. I am so terrified that this is some type of Oropharyngeal cancer at the far back of the tongue. I can't eat can't sleep and its the only thong on my mind. I have the referred ear pain too. I know younger people get this cancer but its unlikely but I have symptoms! He said I shouldn't be losing sleep over it and that based on my age it's most likely NOT that..but that doesn't ease my fears. If it was advanced cancer wouldn't my lymph nodes in my neck be swollen already? Someone please talk to me, I have no one else to talk to who can relate. They all just tell me I'm fine.
I just happened to stumble on this. I really don't know all that much about throat or oral cancer; however, one thing I have learned about cancer is this: it doesn't help to worry about anything until or unless you actually have anything to worry about. Your ENT has given you antibiotics to take - which could very well take care of the problem. You will go back for a follow, if there is no improvement, see what happens then. If you start worrying now, you will only succeed in stressing your body out.
As far as having all the symptoms? I really don't find that surprising. A lot of times symptoms can be somewhat vague, or we can be so anxious about a potential diagnosis, we imagine ourselves having every single symptom. I remember when my father was studying Health in college and he stumbled on Throat Cancer. He suddenly had this tremendous sore throat and a whole host of other "symptoms" that were solely caused by throat cancer. He was firmly convinced he had it and he was going to die from it. My mother convinced him to go to the doctor, he underwent a bunch of tests, and sure enough: he was healthy as the proverbial horse.
So, take a deep breath, continue your course of antibiotics, take care of yourself, get plenty of sleep, STOP SMOKING NOW (it really is one of the worse things you can do to your body), and try to remain calm. If/when you have something to worry about, worry the heck out of it! But now? You really don't have anything to worry about.
I just find it impossible not to worry when there's a 50/50 chance the growth either benign it malignant. In my personal opinion, I think it should have started to gobaeay by now. It's been 6 days. Was taking antibiotics beforehand and had no change. Also have referred ear pain along with it. I can only hope and pray for the beat. @/% I can't quit smoking cold Turkey. I have cut back IMMENSELY though. Thanks for the response though. I guess its a good thing no lymph nodes are swollen or the X-ray showed nothing. But seriously, does advanced tongue/throat cancer metastasized to the lymph glands by now? Thank u.