May 26, 2013 - 12:48 am
Hi everyone, I'm obviously new here.
My name is Megan and I'm 23 years old. I'm definitely a bit of a hypochondriac and I suffer from severe anxiety and hypothyroidism.
About a month ago, I got a small white spot on the right side of my tongue. A couple days later, I got two more white spots on the same side. The one most towards the front (the first one I got) is the smallest, then the next one is a little bigger, and the one all the way at the back is the largest (looks more like a patch than the other two).
I don't really notice them in my mouth unless I stick my tongue out or touch them with my finger, as they feel more coarse than the rest of my tongue.
A few days after I got the spots, I also noticed that my tongue looked "scalloped", like it had teeth indentations all around the edges. This hasn't gone away either.
Now my mouth is starting to feel dry, like I constantly need something to drink. The top of my tongue is looks sort of white until I brush my teeth, then it goes away for awhile. Also my mom noticed that the inside of my cheeks are looking white.
At first I thought it was thrush, so I did the "spit test", and my spit did have "legs" after about 5 seconds, but I'm reading that the spit test is unreliable.
Unfortunately, I have been a cigarette smoker for 5 years now. I'm trying to quit but it's really hard. The reason I haven't gone to the doctors about this is because I'm sort of agoraphobic, and the idea of going to a hospital and getting a biopsy and maybe finding out I have oral cancer is terrifying to me. If only doctors made house calls. :(
Anyway, I'm looking for opinions and if this sounds like oral cancer. I know you guys can't give me a diagnosis but I'd feel so much better about going to the doctor if I knew I wouldn't have to get a biopsy and get told I have cancer at such a young age.
I'd greatly appreciate any help.