Anxious or is something wrong with my throat

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Anxious or is something wrong with my throat

by johndoe11 on Mon May 14, 2018 04:24 AM

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Hello CC,

Background: 21-year-old male, smoked weed for the past 4-5 years and drink alcohol. healthy weight compared to my height, vitals and bloodwork from past visit are perfectly normal. haven't smoked for the past week and no improvement, don't plan on resuming either...

About two months ago I started having the feeling that something was stuck in my throat and I realized by looking that my throat was very veiny and there were odd yellow/white blisters/bumps. I have had a lot of sputum as well and always clear my throat and analyze it to make sure there's no blood. The phlegm/sputum used to always be yellow and bubbly. My GP said it was due to post nasal drip and I should try Mucinex, I never went to get it.

About a month ago, I went to the same facility but saw an NP instead because a significant amount of blood came up as I was brushing my teeth one morning (positive it wasn't from my gums). I complained about the feeling in my throat still and the blood. I brought up me having acid reflux as a kid, which I used to take meds for, but for some reason stopped as I got older. He then prescribed me Pantoprazole 20mg for reflux/GERD. I brought up esophageal cancer as well but he dismissed it because I'm so young, which I think is ridiculous...

Since then I started having weird feelings under my jaw, which I think is my lymph nodes. two or so weeks ago my chest started to burn and have an overall feeling of discomfort. last week my neck started hurting more and it now its all throughout the front part of my neck (overall aching with weird shooting pains almost in certain spots). it feels like it's from my jaw down to my collar bone (i haven't done any physical sports or anything that would cause trauma to the area). I also have been trying to look in my throat because I can feel something on the back of my tongue. I took a look with the flashlight on my phone and saw an abnormal growth thing on my right lingual tonsil. I cant see that much because its back pretty far. i've also noticed I lose my breathe easily, have hot flashes and have had a constant headache for the past couple of days. Any thoughts on my situation?

I've seen my aunt battle cancer for the past 10 years and my grandfather recently passed from it so it's on my mind and I'm honestly terrified of getting it... 

Also, can anyone explain why doctors pursue nonlife-threatening diseases first or is my GP lazy/an idiot? I feel it should be the opposite and ruling out life-threatening diseases first would be most logical? since catching it early is critical I don't understand why he would test if GERD meds would help... 

sorry for the rant and thanks in advance

RE: Anxious or is something wrong with my throat

by johndoe11 on Mon May 14, 2018 02:34 PM

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RE: Anxious or is something wrong with my throat

by dboone on Fri May 18, 2018 06:39 PM

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I was treated for allergies for 5 months till the doctor got mad and sent me to a ENT Doctor and it took her 5 minutes to tell me I had a Walnut size tumor on the base of my tounge..Squamous Cell Carcinoma was diagonse two days later by biopsy..  If your doctor can't see it they look for another reason to try and say this pill or spray will fix you .... Have a ear nose and throat doc look with a tube down your nose and find out what is going on down there.. I was lucky.. I had just about got to full stage 3 and did not have it spread.  so they were able to clear it with radation and chemo.... Siteman center said a Doctor in practice may only see one or two cases in years and just doesn't think about cancer there.

RE: Anxious or is something wrong with my throat

by bethmaguire on Sun May 27, 2018 02:29 AM

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Hi my name is Beth and I was diagnosed in October 2017 and in sergury November 13th, 2017. I had all the symptoms you are talking about. I am a former smoker. Cigarettes,drank and partied as well. however I gave up that life style along time ago. I went to a gastro doctor first. For dysphsia. They went down with a scope on a Thursday. Had me back on the folllowing Thursday. This time with camara on scope and over20 biopsies. I was told I would be contacted by Monday. I left and 48 hours late they were calling me to come in asap. I was diagnosed with Esophogeal and stomach cancer. It was so surreal. Please go to a Gastro dr. The swallowing, paon in my chest, swelling in feet and hands. Hot and sweaty for no reason. Please don't wait. 

RE: Anxious or is something wrong with my throat

by johndoe11 on Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:06 PM

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Hey Beth, I went to see an ENT doc and he said my tonsils look a bit inflamed and prescribed me an antibiotic, thinks I have tonsillitis. When I see him in 2 weeks regardless of how I feel after I'm going to ask him to dive deeper and investigate with a scope. Also, how old were you when you were diagnosed? Thanks a bunch and I hope you're doing well.

RE: Anxious or is something wrong with my throat

by johndoe11 on Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:09 PM

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Hey dboone, I went to see an ENT doc and he said my tonsils look a bit inflamed and prescribed me an antibiotic, thinks I have tonsillitis. When I see him in 2 weeks regardless of how I feel after I'm going to ask him to dive deeper and investigate with a scope. Also, how old were you when you were diagnosed? He was adamant that I am too young for anything cancer related. Thanks a bunch and I hope you're doing well.
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