Sep 07, 2012 - 7:34 pm
Hi all. I've been ready your board trying to better educate myself on my concerns about oral cancer in preparation for my ENT appt Tuesday. I am concerned about being blown off as I have been three times already when I went to my PCP for my symptoms. I could use some feedback on how to verbalize my concerns to my ENT and which tests/screenings I should ask for.
I am 39 and for about 2-3 months I've been having left ear fullness and occasional pain in the left ear. I also have had some specific scraping-like pain in my left side of throat just beneath the jaw bone angle, making it hard to swallow. Sometimes that left side of the throat tingles. The symptom that is finally sending me to a specialist is the increasing voice hoarseness I've been having and a pressure feeling in the left side of my throat. Its constant now. I have no seasonal allergies, I've had no colds or viruses in months. I am not having any nasal congestion or anything to explain the symptoms. My PCP said it was eustacian tube dysfunction and anxiety. (I don't really feel anxious, just want to figure out what's going on). I asked for a Ct as my family has a hx of aucustic neuromas but he refused. He said he would be ordering the ct scan to treat my worry and not because it was indicated medically. I've tried nasal steroids, nasal antihistamines and antibiotics with no change. These symptoms are very persistent and concerning and my gut tells me I need to press for screenings and not just my doctor guessing it's nothing without actually running any tests to rule anything out. They talk about catching things early but seem to not take you seriously until you have a hard swollen lymph node!
I am assuming many of you too had a difficult time getting doctors to take you seriously and I respectfully request your advice on what would be the most beneficial tests I should request (I am thinking a scope and soft tissue ct of the neck) and any advice you have on presenting my concerns to the ENT so I am taken seriously.
My thanks in advance,