May 16, 2010 - 4:24 am
I wanted to ask all of you for some advice. I am a 28 year old female who has smoked for about 15 years now. I did start very young and wish to god I never did.
About 3 months ago I started to notice this feeling of a lump in my throat when I would swallow I didnt really pay much attention but then it started to hurt about 2 months ago at first only when I would swallow and then all of then time. Soon I was having terrible headaches every single day somewhat like a sinus headache and then my gland in my neck and right below my left ear became swollen and the one under my ear hurts and even more so if I drink something sweet. Then i noticed that the glands in my armpits / side of breasts were hurting. I am getting home from work absoultey drained of all energy and notice a fever that comes and goes.
I had a script for amoxicillian that I began to take thinking it must be a very bad sinus infection. When I had been taking them for a week and nothing changed and also started to have to clear my throat all of the time to get my voice to sound normal and began with a cough and weezing sound I thought I need to go to the doctor.
My doctor is on vacation so I saw the one that is taking patients while he is out. He ordered blood tests as said something about Lupus he said he would check for my thyroid and infection and anemia. Also had me go have an ultrasound on my breats. He gave me a stronger antibiotic avelox a nose spray (even tho I am not congested) and midrin for the headaches. The midrin did not work at all I called and he gave me Vicodin which finally made my head feel somewhat better but still not great. A week after taking the Antibiotic the nose spray and vicodin I still do not feel any better at all and my voice seems to be getting worse the lump / sore throat is still there the headache is still there etc etc I called to see if my blood test were in and they said that they are all normal. I know something is definatley not right. I asked the doctor if I could have cancer and he never said no all he said was I have not lost much weight.
I asked for a referral to an ENT and they said I cant get one until my doc returns from vacation on May 24th.
I am wondering if my story may sound familiar to any of you. wondering if it does infact seem like throat cancer. And wondering If I should go to the er or what course of action any of you could suggest for me. What did you go through before you were diagnosed?
God bless all of you, brave strong people on this message board and I thank you so much in advanced for any advice you may have!