Oct 26, 2011 - 11:17 am
Some background: I'm a 19 yr old college student studying abroad in a foreign country right now. I'm in good health overall, don't smoke or do drugs, and have only drank alcohol in moderation in a handful of occasions.
About two weeks ago, I had a lump in the throat sensation which I thought was due to stress (I'm very much a hypochondriac as you'll probably soon see). Long story short, I went to the doctor and he felt around my neck quickly and referred me to an ENT because he thought one of my lymph nodes were swollen. The ENT quickly looked into my throat using a mirror and said everything looked fine. He felt my neck and said everything was fine as well.
So he said that the sensation was either due to stress or could be acid reflux and told me to stay away from greasy and spicy foods and come back if it got worse.
Well, the feeling has come and gone over the past two weeks, being present more often than not. I recently (this weekend) started taking 20mg Famotidine twice daily since I thought maybe it could be acid reflux. It gave me relief for about a full day but then the sensation came back. Yesterday I tried Nexium 20mg once a day and it brought some relief at night but the feeling is back today and Nexium has not helped. But I have continued to eat rather unhealthily since I'm on campus and everything is either greasy or fried
I am very stressed out lately and this definitely isn't helping. Anyway:
-When my general doctor referred me to an ENT for what he thought "might" be a swollen lymph node, I got so freaked out that I started feeling around the area myself. Nothing was visibly swollen but I definitely "felt something" there. I've since learned that it wasn't my lymph node I was feeling at all but my right submandibular gland.
-But my right submandibular gland is definitely larger than the other one. I'm very skinny so my neck structure is very prominent and everyone always tells me my Adam's apple is huge since it protrudes so much. Anyway, upon feeling the gland it's not harder and the gland itself seems to be pretty much the same size as the left one, but the area around the right one seems to be more "puffy." Even if I stretch my neck upward so that all of the skin stretches and you can see any bumps on the skin, it's not visible
-I have no other symptoms besides extreme stress and anxiety. No sore throat, no fever, no nothing
-I normally don't feel around for my glands so I don't know if they've always been like this before. I only know that they've never been swollen because I probably would've noticed that straightaway
-I've talked to some doctors online and am seeing the ENT again on Friday, but basically everyone says that it is normal for one gland to be a bit larger than the other and not to worry
-When I first started feeling the gland after seeing the doctor, I was prodding and "mashing" it quite hard, and I noticed a day or two later that is swelled a little. Since then it has stayed the same size and has not gotten any bigger. I still have been gently feeling and prodding though. Now it seems as if I'm more conscious of the gland. There's no pain but I'm definitely more conscious of the gland now, as in sometimes I might feel a dull "pulsing" through it if anyone understands what I mean?
Is this concerning?
I'm 19 and I feel like at my age I should be enjoying life like everyone else my age. But instead I'm on a forum worrying about whether or not I have cancer and it's miserable. :/ I was finally trying to calm down and tell myself not to worry but then I came on here and read some of yall's diagnosis stories and am scared now