I've been dealing with a lump in my throat about a month. Before the past month, my throat would occassionally have the lump sensation, but it was never like this. My primary care doctor spotted cobblestoning in my throat from the post nasal drip and suggested it was acid reflux and post nasal drip(about a month ago). I also have been dealing with whiteness and dryness on my tongue, as well as lesions on my tongue. Yesterday I went to the hospital because I had noticed I had lost around 15 pounds, and because I was very dizzy, nauseous, felt feverish and I could not eat although I had barely eaten anything that day (loss of appetite). I am 18 years old, and over the past year I have heavily used tobacco with hookah(technically smokeless tobacco) and cigarettes and very occasionally cigars, but less with cigarettes. At the hospital they did blood tests, both of them came out fine and they did 2 x rays of my neck and chest. They did not have me swallow or anything during the x rays. They referred me to an ENT specialist, and a GI specialist. They prescribed nasonex to me because they believe that this is a post nasal drip and acid reflux issue. My whole throat feels swollen and my neck feels tender to move, especially up and down. I am still very worried that it is cancer. Should I be worried? (also I do not have strep) Nobody seems to think it's cancer but for some reason I'm very worried.
What would you like to know about the lump? It doesn't hurt that bad but it has a bulging sensation. It also feels kind of close to my adam's apple, and I can especially feel it when breathing through my mouth or laying on my back, or both. And my neck/throat feels especially swollen (although it doesn't appear it on the outside) and tender on the sides of my adam's apple, especially if I tilt my head up. There is a slight feeling of straining when I tip my head up. I was sent home from the ER thinking it was pharyngitis or some sort of bacterial infection, and was told to follow up with those specialists. My throat also has a feeling of tightness, which relates to the swelling feeling, i'm guessing
Some minor difficulty from the swallowing yes, and I haven't gone to the GI and ENT yet, I went to the ER last night and they directed me to them. I have gotten x-rays of my neck and my chest, both turned out to look normal, according to the doctor in the ER last night
i'm assuming the weight loss happened over a span of 2 weeks, I did not weigh myself throughout the process. I think i might have been eating less because along with all of this going on, my anxiety and stress levels have been through the roof. But also, it's difficult to eat with my lack of appetite
yes, and I have had therapy and I usually have it under control, but this situation has made me much more anxious than I've ever been, to the point where I signed up for an account on here
what do you mean by physical exam? I haven't had anything yet, I've gone to the ER yesterday, gotten an x-ray and bloodwork and that's about it, and the x ray was normal, along with the bloodwork
I think he might have, I don't remember it was an assistant I think. I'm debating on going back tonight because I'm not sure, so i'm asking here
sorry I fell asleep for a short while once I got home. I am taking the pictures now
okay, I took them with my phone so they aren't great quality wise. I will be sending them in a second
http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/pomjared21/media/justanswer1_zps8c7a9bfc.jpg.html here is a picture of my tongue. It is coated with a white color/fuzzy stuff and is thick white in the back
nope doesnt scape off at all and my tongue is sore to move sometimes. My tongue also feels very dry. I am going to the dentist on tuesday for all of these oral issues, I will next show you pictures of my lesions
on my tongue http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/pomjared21/media/justanswer2_zpsbc05a499.jpg.html here's one, I can try to get you a better picture but it is impossible to see the sore from the camera's perspective.
here's the other http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/pomjared21/media/image_zpsd3d04776.jpg.html
and here's the cobblestoning:http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/pomjared21/media/cobblestoning_zpsae33ac24.jpg.html?filters[user]=137302826&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=1
let me know what you think or if you'd like me to try to take better pictures
no, maybe I should get a better picture. There are sores on my tongue that are not cankers. on the right side it is way more developed, would you like me to try for a better picture?
the sore is in the back, it sort of looks like it caves in. I am seeing a dentist tuesday about them
I have circled it here: http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/pomjared21/media/lesioncircled_zps05e93854.jpg.html?filters[user]=137302826&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=0
thank you so much but however,they checked me for thrush at the hospital and I didn't have thrush. Do you have any idea what else this could be?
They ran blood tests and urine tests, and told me I didn't have thrush after looking into my mouth, maybe it was overlooked, I'm not sure
okay I'm sorry I'm still new to this site and not sure how it works. Thank you for all your thoroughness, patience and help.
Is the feeling of an object stuck in throat or a lump common with post nasal drip and acid reflux? I have been having horrible acid reflux regardless of my food intake, and post nasal drip. It seems to be getting worse. What should I do to prevent this from worsening?
I can feel it in my chest laying down and the burning sensation of it crawling up, especially last night when I went to go to sleep. My family has tons of history with GI issues.
I've been taking prevacid for almost a month and I don't think I have been tested , I still have to make an appointment with my GI specialist, but he wasn't in today because of Labor day.
In the mean time is there anything I should do or shouldn't do to help soothe my symptoms?
You still don't feel there is any need to worry about cancer, even with my heavy tobacco use in the past?
thank you, XXXXX XXXXX you think is causing the loss of appetite though? can acid reflux cause me to feel full although I am not? or cause nausea while eating?
Do you think that is what caused me to lose 15 pounds?
You read my mind. But it seems the "bloating" and "fullness" is concentrated in my throat/neck. is this normal?
okay thank you, XXXXX XXXXX any things I should look out for over the next few days? Like any conditions that would require emergency attention?
would cancer have shown in the x rays?
hmm, I guess I still need to get those checked out. You don't think I have either correct?
I used to drink tons of soda in the past, like some days I would even drink a 12 pack. Would this raise any of your concerns? I was heavy soda drinker for a long time maybe about 5 to 4 years until about a year ago I cut back
Do you think it could have something to do with smoking? I smoked while I had these symptoms until it really started to bother me, and then I stopped about 2 weeks ago.
i'm sorry for being so paranoid, I've just never experienced anything like this in my throat.
what makes you think that I don't have throat cancer or oral cancer, if you don't mind me asking?
I haven't had any real exams yet. Would an nasendoscopy be needed for proper examination? and I've only had x rays, no real CT scan or anything
but regardless, you feel no need for me to stress about cancer?
thanks dr. chip. It's just tough because of all the discomfort as well as the fear of what is unknown, and the fact that I've had to wait so long in between doctors for the past month while I feel it getting worse
just one more question, you don't think the straining feeling in my throat, the lump, or difficulty swallowing has anything to do with cancer at all? just for peace of mind
what about the occasional sharp pains and bulging feeling? do you think it's from the inflammation as well?
Okay, thank you for your comfort, I will get back to you when I return from the dentist's tomorrow. The dentist should put my mind at ease about my fear of oral cancer, or will tell me if I have it, but according to most doctors, it's highly unlikely. Again, thank you so much
It almost feels like there's more than one lump though, Should that be a concern? one higher than the other that kind of is like an itch, the other is near where I swallow andi feel like I can feel it when i swallow
sorry that my anxiety has gotten a hold of me. I also notice the back of my mouth has a very sour taste to it, so I'm using that to help me relax and try to get my mind off cancer and my mind on it being post nasal drip and acid reflux
okay, sorry for making these so long, I should be fine for the rest of the night. thanks for all your help and patience
just to be sure, you're not holding back information just to comfort me right?
okay thank you so much. I'll talk to you another time
what would this "throbbing" feeling in my throat come from? irritation? I can feel it in my throat when I take in a deep breath
yeah, my throat just feels heavy it's an odd sensation, especially where it has the swelling feeling. it has gotten worse over the past 2 days, should I go back to the hospital? I still can breathe and swallow alright
it's hard to describe. around my adam's apple my throat feels heavy as if there were something there. it kind of feels tender or swollen