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Very concerned: lump in throat, ear/jaw pain

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Old 05-14-2009, 12:16 PM   #1
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Very concerned: lump in throat, ear/jaw pain

I'm a 40-year-old female and for the past month or so I have had right-sided jaw/ear pain when I open my mouth. The last week or so I developed a lump of swollen tissue in the back of my throat on the right side. I can feel it if I stick my finger down my throat. I think this may be the lingual tonsil? I had my regular tonsils (palatine) removed a long time ago. I went to the family doctor and he said I probably have postnasal drip. He said my right ear was bulging with fluid and my left ear was a little. I don't have a runny or stuffy nose and I have not felt any postnasal fluid drainage. I have not had coughing, but the lump in my throat makes me feel like belching sometimes. I have been taking Zyrtec D and a nasal mist inhaler for several days with no reduction in symptoms. Should I be concerned about tonsil/oral cancer? Anyone have experience with this? Thanks.

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Old 05-24-2009, 08:05 PM   #2
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Re: Very concerned: lump in throat, ear/jaw pain

If you still have these symptoms, I would go see an ear, nose and throat specialist. I have a history of oral cancer, however mine did not present with symptoms other than a swollen lymph node in neck. Everybody is different though. I dont mean to alarm you. This could be benign. It could TMJ, gerd, pnd, any number of things. But if things dont resolve on their own and you dont feel comfortable with your family doctors diagnosis, I would go to an ent.

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