...I think I might have throat cancer. I noticed a small flesh coloured lump in my throat last month so I went to the doctor's to get it checked out. She looked down my throat for about 10 seconds and announced it was only pharyngitis, which at the time was a huge relief. However, I was on penecillin for a week and the lump didn't go away. I wanted to go back but my mum wouldn't take me, and now four weeks later it is still there. My throat has started hurting over the last few days and I'm really scared but my mum insists that I'm fine. Am I just worrying over nothing or could the doctor have made a possibly fatal error? My throat hasn't hurt at all in the past four weeks until now and other than that and the lump I have no other symptoms. But I'm still worried though. Please reply, thanks.
You don't mention how old you are, but my guess is that your mother is right. Are you a heavy smoker? Do you smoke 2-3 packs of cigarettes a day for the past 20 years? have you been told to quit smoking? Do you wake up coughing bloodly phlegm from the cigarettes? I think not....
You are worrying about nothing. We all bumps and lumps around. The doctor had gone to school to be able to tell what is normal and what isn't. I would just let it go and enjoy the summer. Your throat may be hurting from drainage from the usual allergy season.....
Go back to the Doctor again. Explain you are very worried and you want him/her to take another look, if you are still not satisfied, ask for a referral to an ear, nose, throat specialist. It sounds like nothing like the other poster says we all have lumps and bumps in our throat. But if its troubling you this much, go back and insist on further reassurance. Good luck
Yes, do call your doctor's office...it may be that your doctor didn't prescribe enough medication to kill the bacteria...or it may mean that the antibiotic isn't working for you.
I cut my big toe once, got an infection in it (a nasty one) and the antibiotics didn't work. My doctor gave me 2 choices...have a second go at the antibiotics or see a specialist...a second dose of antibiotics did the trick.
I do not think you are worrying for nothing...infections are nothing to mess with but following up with the proper treatment will prevent problems down the road.
PS Often a doctor will tell you what to do over the phone so do call.
It might be a fungal infection.
Or it might be a nasty bacterial conditon. However, most bacterias will cause pain and fever.
i would go back and tell the guy to do a biopsy. Once again...isn't medical treatment basically free over in England? So you don't worry about the cost right?
Is there something about Canada's and England's health care that prevents you from going back? Just curious.
GO BACK TO THE DOC. do a biopsy.
In england it is sorta free, in that we pay high taxes for our health fees, but we have the National Health Service, which is crippled to say the least. Although you guys have to pay over there , you get to see someone really quickly, over here we have to wait a long time (like months usually) to see a specialised Doctor, unless its an emergency. We are no better off here with our medical help, as in England they give us it one hand and take it out in another !! If you can afford to go private here, then yes you get seen within days or sometimes hours, so swings and roundabouts really
My mum has agreed to take me back to the doctor, hopefully tomorrow if I can get an appointment, but the trouble is I'm going away tomorrow evening so I might not be able to go until a week from now. And there's no way my uncaring mother would cancel the holiday so I could go get my throat checked out. If it gets much worse while I'm away I can always go to the hospital because I'm going to Scotland so it'll still be free and everything. Thank you for all your replies.
Go on your holiday try to put it to back of your mind, by occupying yourself. Just keep thinking that when you get back home, you can go straight to the doctors then. You never know in a week, you may be symptom free. Try to enjoy your holiday, i just spoiled mine by my panic attacks taking over, i was in Spain, so was worried because i didnt feel near to an English hospital. But i got through it, and am still alive and kicking. But try not to let it spoil your holiday. Worse comes to worse cart yourself off to a hospital up there, but im betting you wont
Aren't polyps something that can develop and can be removed or cauterized?
And it is no big deal. Right? Are you a singer....
to Lightlife==thanks for the explanation as to health care in England. We hear so much good and bad about it. Everyone seems to want free health care here in US not realizing we will pay big taxes for it.
The way it works in Texas is---If it is a weekend emergency type of situation===then we can go off to the neighborhood clinic or the emergency room of a big hospital. Both can be expensive. (But most insurance companies will reimburse you for the emergency room visit.) If I am not mistaken all hospital emergency rooms take your insurance and don't require payment. but the neighborhood clinics will make you pay upfront and give you paper work to send to your insurance company. I think.
Most sick or mildly injured people (sprained ankle, etc.) will wait til Monday to try to see the family doc. The nurses will work an injured or sick person in as soon as possible and make the less sick people WAIT. I figure that is why my scheduled appt can be delayed an HOUR.
If you are well and need a checkup it can be a wait of months!! So some things are similar to England after all! I wanted a new dentist and had to wait 3 months to get in to the dental group I wanted. Can you believe that?