Sep 18, 2012 - 2:14 pm
I have a regular appt with my ENT tomorrow. He is very good though I'm not as endeared to him as much as I am my Oncologist. He always does a scope and finger exam so I am expecting that tomorrow.
However, a couple of appts ago (2 months ago) I had this raised spot / lump on the inside of my left cheek that I keep biting (it is directly where the two back teeth come together).
I pointed this out to my ENT and he did look at it and said "It does not appear to be cancerous, it appears to be where you bit your cheek and is now raised".
My problem is I don't know which came first (did I in fact bite that location in my cheek and thus created the "raised spot" or did I bite (and still do often bite it) because the spot was raised first (you get my point).
I accept that of course and it does not appear to have grown any...but it is still there and I have read (on this board in particular) where one individual had her ENT / Oncologist and even Radiologist look at spot and not determined what it was correctly only to find they were cancerous later after that indivdual "pushed" for a more thorough exam (biopsy).
So I called ahead today and left a message for my ENT's nurse via the switchboard operator. I asked if tomorrow in my appt I could please have a Toluididine Blue Stain performed OR a more thorough look at this spot since it is still not gone and in fact I still do bite it often.
So my friends, if he tells me tomorrow "let's wait and watch" I want to say "No". But I also don't want to offend or get on his bad side.
My question is two.
1. Am I being resonable to ask for something further since it has been there two months?
2. Would Toluidine Blue Stain be a good procedure to ask for or is there a better more accurate method?
By the way...I am feeling great! I now have NO pain days hardly at all. I have a stash of Ultram I rarely use. I have gone out into the Payette National Forest with my oldest son and sometimes the two youngest boys go along too and cut firewood AND SPLIT IT with my handy ax! I am trying to get about 4 cords of wood to get through winter and have managed to get 1 so far. My wife is impressed by my stamina (I must admit I am too) and I just love being out in the woods with my boy(s) gathering this wood. I eat almost anything I want (but I do have to chew, chew, chew and of course chase it with liquid as I swallow.