Jan 03, 2010 - 3:14 pm
I been dealing with some symptoms for awhile know.
So here is the exact story
1/20/05 – Had a open sore on left lateral side of tongue removed and biopsied and came back negative
4/15/05 – Growth on the posterior left side tongue removed and biopsied and came back negative
**somewhere between 4/15/05 and 5/5/05 shortly after the 2nd biopsy, is when I started to have a feeling of something in the back left side of my throat, which is accompanied by a dull pain that seems to come and go. This lump feeling seems to be just to the left of the Uvula.
5/5/05 – Ct Scan, all normal
6/10/05 – Went to Sloan Kettering
6/28/05 – Barium Swallow test for acid reflux, (compared to ct scan on 5/5/05)
1/19/06 – CT Scan (compared to the ct scan on 5/5/05)
2/3/06 – Back to Sloan Kettering
2/2009 - Between the last visit in 2006 until 2009 I Still was having feeling of lump sensation. It did seem as the pain in my throat was not as prominent through these years, but returned in 2009 more prominently. I called back to Sloan Kettering and explained to the doctor of my symptoms and my concern for cancer. The doctor explained that if it was cancer and it had started when my symptoms began in 2005 that I would for sure either have other major symptoms by know or I would not be here all together. He advised me that if I wanted to come back to be evaluated that I am welcome to, but he did not believe it was anything of urgency. He advised to follow up with the local ENT and if he seen something relevant that I should return.
2/22/09 – Followed up with a local ENT, which scoped me and said he did not see anything abnormal. He did say he see’s the lymphoid tissue as the doctor at Sloan did. He stated that there were no obvious signs of malignancy or obvious indication for biopsy. He state he could possibly take random samples from the back of my tongue for biopsy and to return for a follow up. Which I have not since I have new insurance and this visit cost me much more than my old insurance.
3/1/09 - Went to Primary for complete evaluation and all blood work and test came back normal. After recommendation from primary doctor that symptoms may be somewhat psychological, I followed up with a psychotherapist who prescribed medications. The pain in my throat seemed to go away after this, but the feeling of a lump still continued to date.
In 2005 and 2006 I did seek 2nd and 3rd opinions from 2 other local Ent's that also stated there was no obvious indication of any malignancy or any area that was suspicious for biopsy.
12/26/09 - Still having sensation of lump in back of my throat and developed a slight pain in the right side of my throat that seems to radiate towards my right ear off and on. This started after a night when I was at a party that went into the early morning hours and occurred in the afternoon when i woke up. It does not seem to be in my throat, but rather just to the above right of the Adams apple. I can not see or feel any lumps in this area. The radiating pain to the ear is not there as much as the slight pain to the right of my throat. The pain is not there all of the time, but rather seems to come and go throughout the day as I swallow or move my head a certain way. It seems more prominent in the morning as well. If I push my head down to my chest i can feel it, feels like it is just under the right side of my jaw. Sometimes i do not feel it at all, but if I really move my head around I can feel it. I did also notice the pain in my throat that was there previously returned for a bit but then went away again.
I had a ct scan scheduled prior to these new symptoms and had postponed the scan until after the holidays because my primary had advised me against the scan because of the exposure to radiation, as she felt it was not necessary and I may be doing more harm than good.
So at this point, I am so very confused and not to sure were to go with all this. I am not crazy and I am having these new symptoms that are very concerning to me.
I am trying to stck to the facts.
I called The doctor back at Sloan Kettering in NY and he told me that either i would not be here right know or would have had some very major symptoms. He said he did not see an urgency for me to go back to see him.