Jan 01, 2010 - 9:37 pm
I do not have cancer diagnosis but i am worried and looking for some answers here since I figure people here have personal experience that I can't find elsewhere.
Earlier today I posted this in an old thread which was confusing (sorry).
I have noticed over the past months that I have a harder time talking especially loudly. I feel like I need to clear my throat alot and when I do it usually helps but my throat get sore and feels scratchy and dry on my right side when I am talking and it has been feeling more uncomfortable more of the time (or I am keyed into it more). I don't know which. It seems like the more I think and stress about it the worse it gets until I feel like I have that "about to cry" lump in my throat and even my neck muscles in the front right start to feel tense and sore and my right ear feels kind of plugged up too at times. I also feel like my lymph node under my right jaw is sensitive not hard and sore but more noticeable than I remember it being (should I normally be able to feel these at all?)
I have been to the doctor GP and he looked with a light and thought it was nothing but suggested OTC gerd medicine but I kind of pushed for someone to look at it so he referred me to a ENT. I mad my appointment but thats in February and I am freaking out already.
Some specific things that I was wondering about...
My throat feels fine in the morning aside from being dry. Once I have coffee and cereal, I notice afterword a tingly itchy sensation on the right side by my adams apple. It does not hurt to swallow or eat in fact my throat and neck feels better after I eat or drink something.
I am an ex smoker and snuff dipper for 10-15 years and I also drink (sometimes too much) alcohol. I am also going through some pretty rough things emotionally right now. I want to think its just anxiety/stress or something other than cancer but I am really worried.
So, does any of this sound familiar to you all? Do you think I should just try to relax or go insist on being seen sooner? Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Happy New Year BTW
edit: I forgot to ask how fast does this cancer become symptomatic? I had a endoscopy for gerd 2 years ago and they noted nothing except some minor irritation at the bottom of the esophagus. I have pictures that they took of my vocal cords so I know at least they took a look at them.
I would also like to know from anyone who noticed lymph nodes in the neck swollen before they were diagnosed...Did they stay swollen and worsen? Mine feel fine most of the time they just felt "tender" one or twice. I don't even know if they were swollen or if the tension in my neck just makes them more noticeable to me right now.
Thanks again for all you answers, kindness and concern.