Oct 12, 2003 - 2:19 pm
Hi. I'm sorry if I'm repeating myself but I need help. I had two thyroid surgeries last november and iodine radiation last april. I was feeling great until I got a lump in my throat about a month ago. As time goes on the lump seems to be getting bigger, there is fierce pressure around my neck and I have a metallic taste in my mouth all the time. I had a cat-scan which was clear and my surgeon is sending me to an ENT specialist who will put a scope down to see what he can see. My surgeon says it's probably side-effects from the radiation. Then I saw my oncologist and he said it definitely wasn't anything to do with the radiation. When I told him my symptoms he just said "your young you'll be fine" - he might as well have said "your imagining it". I was so upset. If it isn't the radiation what is it? Am I the only one this has happened to? Has the cancer come back? - unlikely so soon - more likely scar tissue. Will I have to live with the severe discomfort? Can they do anything for me? Questions, questions!!!!!!!!!!!I'm sorry, I'm more upset now than when they told me I had cancer, at least then I knew what was going on and it was easy to get info. I seem to be on my own in this one. Has anyone out there suffered in this way or am I just losing my mind? Please help. I would be grateful for any response even if it's only to tell me if I am going nuts or not!!