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    Old 12-27-2003, 10:28 AM   #1
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    Hi there,
    I've been watching your posts. I have a similar problem, the fear I mean. I have had a sore throat since July 2002. Right sided only. I have been to the ent numerous times, sometimes my tongue is sore on that side as well and my neck. The sore throat is with me 90% of the time. Some days not as bad as others, then I have had the odd day where it's not sore at all. Very rarely! I am afraid that throat or oral cancer has been missed. I have tonsil stones in that tonsil, but thats it.
    What do you think. I have had the scope through my nose to my vocal cords twice. I haven't had one done for a while though. Nothing was found at that time. The last one was about 8 months ago. A year ago, I had ct of the neck and xray. Clear. I'm thinking now it might have changed and I am filled with cancer.
    I think you will be fine until you see the ent. I think it is probably NOT cancer, but it is good you are getting it checked. I have been to the dentist within that last few months and they didn't say anything looked strange in my mouth.
    What do you think? Do you have any discomfort?
    Thanks, Michelle
    Does anyone have any opinions or anything. Should I be worried still or just chalk it up to tonsil stones.


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    Old 12-27-2003, 04:19 PM   #2
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    I just came back from seeing my GP a little while and am scheduled for a CT scan of my jaw and neck tomorrow afternoon. Hopefully, if there are any bumps, lumps, growths or other nasties lurking around in there, the CT scan will pick them up. Hopefully whoever looks at the films will look at them carefully too!.

    I too have had the chronic, swollen node, mildly "reddened" throat all the time, intermittent low-grade fever of about 99.2 or so and always seem to have various sores or peeling in my mouth - never horrible or anything and it is'nt 24/7 but I do get them.

    I can also tell you that my doctor told me that if a lymph node has been swollen for a long period of time, it is usually harmless. Many people have childhood infections that result in a lymph node that becomes blocked and stays swollen through adulthood. In my case, I have acute sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, a deviated septum and just about every otherallergiy/sinus condition I can think of (we have them really bad on my mother's side of the family). A lot of doctors and specialists have blamed all of my problems on these conditions and since the mucous from a runny nose is irritating as heck and runs down the back of your throat and sometimes, into your lungs, etc, it can wreak all kinds of havok and cause anything from a sore throat to a full-blown upper respiratory infection. I've never had my tonsils removed and doctors ar far from perfect and you might have to go through a dozen of them until you find one that spends some time and does the job right (ie; not one of these assembly line "doc-in-the-boxes".

    Anyway, hope this two bits of info is helpful to you in some way.

    - Joe

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    Old 12-28-2003, 06:08 PM   #3
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    3 months ago I found a bubble type thing on one of my tonsils. It had me freaking out. The first thing that poped into my head was cancer. But I must tell you after getting on a search engine and looking up throat and tonsil cancer I have eased my fears a little. ( I went to the ENT had to get my tonsils out I get more info tomarow). Maybe if you went to a search engine and look up pictures of throat and tonsil cancer it would ease your fears a little too.

    Old 12-28-2003, 07:12 PM   #4
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    THanks alleycat]
    I definitely can't look at my tonsils and see anything that resembles cancer. I have searched the net. It's the discomfort that bothers me. I have been to the ent at least nine or ten times over the past year and a half. I can't go to another in town because they all work together, or I would go to someone else. I do have a little bump, no discolouration on the other side of my throat now, which is hurting a bit. This has just appeared over the past few days. I'm hoping it is a viral thing. It is about the size of a nail head, not raised really, and it's not hard. It's right before my left tonsil.

    Anyhow, thanks for your reply, and to joe, they are appreciated.

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