... and appointment with surgeon (SAT) to hear biopsy results.
1) Anyone who's had the vocal cord check - how much did it hurt? I know i get a local anasthetic, but when that wears off...
2) Should i be worried there seeems to be a little blood in my saliva? I spat in the sink before (gross i know) but there was definite blood in it. Only a little.
Sorry - a bit of history
Multinodular goiter. Nodules on both sides. Right side more swollen than left. 6 major nodules, some other little ones.Had blood test, ultrasound, biopsy. Am going to have surgery (TT) but am yet to find out biopsy results. 26 yrs old. Australia.
Last edited by lizzie_j_mcg; 11-02-2006 at 02:36 AM.
If you are having the test I had, it does not hurt a bit!
They give you a blast of nasal spray to numb you, and put a tiny little camera up your nose and down your throat. Weird, but no pain. It's kinda neat, as you get to see the images as they do it.
Don't stress on it, it will be one of the easiest tests.
Let us know how it goes!
Hey guys, back from day out including vocal cord check. Basically i got worried about it and i didnt need to be. It was weird, but fine. T
he ENt doctor had a camera on the end of a long stick thing. He basically stuck it in my mouth and i had to say "ay" a number of times, and then "eeeee". First go he couldnt see the vocal cords, cos my tongue kept getting in thhe way, but second go, he went further in and (after making me gag) said they were fine.
Afterwards he asked if i got heartburn or indegestion a lot, and was i a smoker. I said no, no and no and then asked why. He said my throat was inflamed, but nothing to worry about.
He then told me that id be better off to have the surgery sooner rather than later due to the speed at which the swelling came up. And that my goiter is uncommon, so best dealt with now rather than leaving it to grow.
I have had the test quite a few times now since my TT and it doesn't hurt at all. Like the above said, they spray some numbing stuff up your nose and then scope it with a long but thin flexible tube with a tiny camera on the end. They will have you lean way forward in your chair and relax as they put it in gently and before you know it you are seeing the inside of your throat and then your vocal folds on the screen.
He/she will then have you try to repeat a series of sounds and they record it so you can see it when the scope comes out, and that doesn't hurt either. Just a weird feeling. I have had it done without the numbing and that felt a little more odd... but it wasn't bad either. I didn't have trouble with a nose bleed at all, maybe some do, but I have never.
Congratulations on your results......... So is the size from a goiter?
I have to ask you a weird question... My ENT wanted to " grab my tongue" and hold onto it before he stuck the camera up my nose and down my throat. I could not tolerate it.... He got mad, then I got mad and I ended up cancelling my surgery over the vocal cord visualization. He was really mean and rough.... It was a big mess........ I feel silly because so many people said it was no big deal....... no one offered me any numbing spray. Did yours put on gloves and try to grab your tongue??? I could not relax and had just eaten lunch and could not tolerate it.......... I had no idea he was going to do this test. I was just "meeting him as a formality" so my Endo said... HAH !!!
He said if I could not cooperate he could not do the surgery.......... I left in tears.......... Sounds weird but true.I still got a big fat bill or should I say my Insurance company did.
He didnt actually do the up the nose thing. He had a long metal rod thing with the camera on the end, and just stuck it inside my mouth. Admittedly it took him a minute or two to actually get my tongue out of the way and i did gag on the thing once, but apart from that it was okay.
No it doesn't hurt, just a little uncomfortable but no real problem. They spray a local anesthesia and place a lighted scrob down your noise to look around at the vocal cords. I've had about 7 or more of them done, both pre and post op surgery.