I have been experiencing sore throat for the past 8 months. I have consulted with an ENT specialist who thinks it is nothing. I do smoke(around 4 a day) since the past 3 to 4 years. I also burp a lot as the day progresses. Around a month back i was down with fever and dry cough. My GP gave me an antibiotic which helped me get over it. Around about the same time I was down with fever and cough and I noticed 2 small lumps at the right back of my neck. They are very small and move a bit when I press them. I again went to my ENT to get those lumps checked out. He checked them and informed me that it was just some dandruff under the skin. I dont know why, but I kind of find it difficult to believe. I have surfed a lot on the net and am very tensed. Any inputs would be very helpful. Please help.
Is your lumps painful? If yes, you need not worry (but still you need to consult your doctor for expert opinion)
If its not paining, you need to worry !!! as it appeared during your illness it need special attention.
It is found that Hodgkin Lymphoma ( a kind of lymphatic cancer) produces lumps on lymphatic nodes especially around the neck during a low immunity period ( like fever , chicken pox etc)
So do consult an expert doctor
Thanks for the reply. I have consulted an ENT specialist. He told me that it is nothing to worry about. Though he did not go much into the details of it. The lump is on the right hand side of the neck, it pains if I press it for around 10 seconds. Also my right side of the neck is a bit stiff at times. It has been there since a week or so and it has not increased in size. I am really worried.
First of all dont worry, I know thats easy to say. The next thing is self diagnoises is never a good thing, also please dont search the internet all day and night trying to find a answer that confirms your anxiety. I would imagine your now playing with the small lumps to see if you are getting pain and then trying to match that to what other posters are mentioning. Our necks contain many lumps and bumps which can range from in growing hairs,cysts,liphomas and gland nodes. Are you experiencing any other symptoms at the moment?
Generally speaking if you have seen your medical provider and there is no concern you should relax a little. It wouldnt hurt to get a second opinion from a different health care provider.Its usually time to see the doctor when the lymph nodes are growing rapidly, are red in colour and appear to be attached or fixed inside the skin. Swollen Lymph nodes are very common and are a result of an infection in the body such as a common cold.
My advice would be to get a second opinion for peace of mind but at the moment from what you are telling me I wouldnt be over concerned.
Thanks for the prompt reply. I do not have other symptoms at the moment. Just feel a bit low overall but I guess thats because I have been thinking about this thing all day long. I did visit another ENT specialist just minutes back. He looked at the lumps and told that it did not look that serious. I asked him about the sore throat, he told that because of the smoking thing and the infection the throat is remaining sore. I am trying to quit smoking and have reduced considerably. I just don't want anything to happen with such a little smoking history.
Hi Its sounds like your just need to give yourself a break. With the second opinion this should hopefully give you piece of mind. We all have lumps and bumps and just have to keep an eye on then for any abonormalities.
Hi It kinda kept me at ease for sometime. But I still have a pretty bad sore throat. Also the right side of my neck does feel stiff at times. Because of all this I keep getting the thoughts that I might have cancer.
Hi The stiffness in the neck may be down to you holding your neck awkwardly while checking your small lumps. Your symptoms dont directly lead to a cancer worry. I would try and relax or speak to your gp about stress management. Stress and anxiety can cause our body to do some strange things.
There are many people in the world that worry constatntly about getting cancer unessarily. Your symptoms are not uncommon for every day problems and 2 healthcare providers have said theres nothing to worry about.
My own educated personal opinion is that the stress issues are more of a concern than worrying about worst case scenarious. Also look up GAD this might help you understand the issues you may be dealing with. All perfectly normal and nothing to be ashamed of.