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    Enlarged lymph nodes, tightness in throat

    Hi,

    First off, let me say I have not been diagnosed with throat cancer and I know odds are extremely in my favour of it being something else. I just thought this would be the place to go to ask a question.

    Over the last six months I've been having a tight feeling in my throat, which in turn, my doctor ordered an ultrasound of the neck. The ultrasound found lymph nodes about the size of 1.2cm x 1.0cm x 0.6cm in the submandibular area. It also found an 8mm thyroid nodule.

    Recently I had a followup ultrasound which showed bilateral submandibular lymph nodes of 2.2cm x 2.1cm x 0.9cm and 2.3cm x 1.6cm x 0.8cm, which the radiologist said "they were unsure based on the ultrasound images if these are reactive or not". Also the thyroid nodule was no longer found. Over this time the tightness in the throat has turned into a feeling of something being in my throat. It isn't severe, it just feels like I'm swallowing around something. I can swallow liquids and food ok, but I feel that sensation all the time. Once again it is not severe, just a mild feeling that I have had for a long time. I feel it in the area around the adam's apple in my throat, that is why I thought it was the thyroid.

    My family doctor wants to wait 2 more months, then do another ultrasound. I would like to at least go to see an ENT specialist, but she prefers another ultrasound. I am a 25 year old male, so I know the odds are extremely rare it is anything serious, but this is a weird feeling and why are my nodes getting bigger?

    Does anybody have any experience with something like this or have any idea what can cause this?

    Thanks!
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    Hi Still,

    I'm sorry that you're having these throat/node issues. It certainly can't be comfortable.

    I'd say to get a second opinion. Get copies of all of your reports so you don't have to duplicate any of the tests. Most insurance companies will cover the cost of a second opinion. If you have the ability to go to an ENT without a referral from your family doctor, I'd see one.

    I'm not saying this based on any knowledge of what might or might not be wrong, but it sure would give you a better sense of ease to have another opinion.

    Let us know what you decide.

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    Thanks for the kind words and the advice, I appreciate it

    Unfortunately I live in Canada, so my options are limited. My family doctor needs to refer me to an ENT and she feels an ultrasound is a better option first. I just wanted to see if anybody had any knowledge of any situation like this while I waited for my next ultrasound.

    Once again, I appreciate the help

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    Oh, I'm sorry that you'll have to wait. I hate that you cannot be in control of this situation. Keep us posted and it never hurts to push your doctor a little bit too! It's sometimes the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.

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    Hi stilltired

    I am surprised to find you here and still in the same boat you were in when you posted on the lymphoma forum. I think its about time you found yourself another GP to get that referral, it should not be an issue for you to do this.

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    What the others are so politely saying is stop trying to self diagnose or second guess what your doctors are saying and be proactive in your own care. Get a second or third opinion.
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    Sorry Didee, I am sorry to upset you or anybody else, this was not my intention. I understand what you are saying and I am sorry for posting.

    I really am not "thinking" I have different cancers by posting on these boards. I basically am stuck in my position right now because my family doctor is set in her ways of going through another ultrasound before seeing a specialist. Also it is difficult for me to switch GP's because I have a large medical background with my heart problems, autoimmune disease and nerve damage. I carry a lot of baggage and she is really great at cordinating my care. On the other hand I have many other specialists which I will ask, but it is not their field. So, I am stuck waiting for the ultrasound and then if it stays large or grows, I will wait a few months to see a specialist. What I really wanted was to find somebody who has had a similar experience to mine, to see if they could give me some information on whether or not my doctor is doing the right thing with a third scan. Also with my medical history of heart problems and Celiac Disease, both times when I felt something was wrong it was, so I really just wanted to talk to somebody while I was waiting to ease my mind.

    I understand your point that I don't have cancer, so I shouldn't post here, I do get that. I am sorry for that part and I really didn't mean to upset you, but please do not think I am hypochondriac just for posting on the boards. I posted on the Lymphoma board because knowledge of lymph nodes would be there and on the head/neck because of the location. I thought these boards would be where anybody might have some helpful information. I did not post there because I thought I had those cancers or any others.

    Thanks for the help from everyone on the lymphoma board and here.

    Take care and best wishes.

 
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