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Can Bulimia Cause Cancer of the Ear, Nose, or Throat?

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I have a tightness in my throat. When I swallow saliva I feel like it does not all go down, however, I have no problem swallowing food or drink. My throat is not sore, but lately I wake up and my sinuses feel very congested. I also have dull earaches. I have been going crazy for about two months with these symptoms, and I am terrified that I have some sort of cancer. I have seen my doctor twice but cannot receive more than 2 minutes of her time. I was bulimic for a few years; but I was able to beat it - that was about six months ago. I am worried that I have developed some sort of cancer because of the bulimia? What do my symptoms sound like to you? I have no pain in my esophagus, and I don't have heart burn. Please Help!


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replied April 5th, 2006
Ear, Nose & Throat Disorders Answer A657
Bulimia doesn`t seem likely that will cause cancer. Further, none of your symptoms indicate a possibility that you have cancer. Earaches can be caused by inflammation of the middle ear, as a complication of sinusitis. The sinuses are connected to the middle ears through the nasopharynx. A history of bulimia and your current cancer-phobia indicate possible psycho-emotional problems. You might consider seeking help from a trusted, mental health professional who can help you cope with life on life's terms.
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