Last Wednesday, I got a sore throat. No big deal, I thought, it’s a cold. Over the next two days it got worse. It was very painful to swallow and the pain shot up to my ear. Advil, Tylenol, sore throat drops, etc. did nothing to help.
On Saturday morning, I went to one of those urgent care places, since my regular doctor isn’t open on weekends. The doctor there told me that I probably had a bacterial thing, gave me a prescription for amoxicillin and sent me home. Later that afternoon, everything I tried to eat, including the pills, were coming back up. I wasn’t nausus, it was more like nothing would even go all the way down.
After I went to bed on Saturday night, I woke up in pain and throwing up, dry heaving at least 5 times. These spells left me gasping for air and shaking. I also had a fever of 101.3.
By Sunday morning, my husband told me I looked awful, I still had a fever, I was lightheaded and he insisted that I go to the emergency room.
We got there at about 7:00 A.M. At first, the ER doctor thought it might just be a nasty bug going around, then I described to him that it felt likt there was a big ball of something hanging in the back of my throat. He sent me for an X-Ray of my neck, looked at it and asked me if I was a smoker. I told him yes and asked if he thought it could be cancer. He said not to worry about it, “yet”. So of course, I’m worried.
Then he sent me for a cat scan of my neck looked at the results and told me it was a pharynx abscess. He gave me an antibiotic and a painkiller in an IV. After that he told me to follow up with a specialist on Monday and gave me a prescription for Tylenol with codene and augmentin. I said to the doctor “I guess this is a good time to quit smoking, huh?” He said “No, this has nothing to do with it.” which shocked me. I am quitting anyway. I have to say, the doctor never said cancer.
When I got home, I felt much better. I am not throwing up anymore and even without taking the painkiller, I’m not in a lot of pain, so the new antibiotic is working.
But that word, cancer, is scaring the shit out of me. My best friend is paranoid and just when I started to feel better about it, she scared me again. I looked up the symptoms of throat cancer and very few of them are what I had. When I did a search of pharynx abscess symptoms, it seems like more of what I have.
I called the ear, nose and throat doctor today, like I was supposed to and he’s seeing me tomorrow. I asked the receptionist over the phone if it could be cancer and she said that she couldn’t tell, I asked her again and she told me that the doctor would be able to tell what was going on after the examination tomorrow. So, now, I wait.
But, I am so worried. If it was cancer would the antibiotics make me feel so much better ? Would the symptoms be so different from what I felt ? My throat doesn’t hurt at all anymore, my ear still hurts a little and my fever is gone. I’m not throwing up anymore either.
Can someone tell me something to make me stop worrying ? Please!