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Do you experience any a fever?
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Do you feel any fatigue or malaise, generalized body aches?
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Okay. First of all, there is nothing to worry about or be scared about.
The throat and chest infection you had was a severe one and has settled down mostly, lymph nodes take a few months to go away when enlarged because of an infection and sometimes, they might stay longer.
However, there does seem to be some residual infection in the tonsils, which could be due to constant irritation and that could also be adding to the persistent symptoms and the enlarged lymph nodes.
An ENT consultation is the best course of action but the sooner it is done, the better.
Yes, your anxiety does seem to be playing a role in the whole situation by making you worry more than you should, it is good to be proactive about your illness but it sometimes harms to be over concerned about things especially when anxiety is a problem.
I would suggest that you ask your physician to reschedule the ENT appointment for you to an earlier date or if you can do that yourself by calling in the ENT's office and ask them for an earlier slot.
Lymphoma does not present like this.
There are symptoms known as B symptoms which include evening rise low grade fever, cold sweats, weight loss, loss of appetite and generalized fatigue along with a big mass in the neck - lymph nodes matted together.
Most oral and throat cancers also present with the above symptoms. Constant phlegm and throat irritation are not signs of cancer.
Yes, that is the most probable diagnosis here.
But that does not mean that you do not follow up with your doctors since infections need to be treated before they they have their sequlae.
Googling symptoms always shows cancer. Actually, the search engines are not intelligent enough, when you write a particular symptom on a search engine, it enlists all the conditions that can cause that particular symptoms and cancer being the most searched key word on the internet always shows up on top.
In other words, it is because the search engines are not intelligent that doctors have a job.
A physician can correlate symptoms with history and the relevant investigations and give an intelligent diagnosis.
Uneven tonsils are a sign of worry, but cancer wouldn't be on the top with your symptoms and with uneven tonsils. Most people generally can not see tonsils and think the lateral pharyngeal walls are the tonsils.
In brief, I would advise you not to worry, not to google symptoms and to re schedule your ENT appointment to an earlier date.
Also, sleep with a head up tilt at night to avoid acid reflux. Avoid hot beverages and fizzy drinks and alcohol. Avoid spicy, salted, smoked and barbecued foods.
Steam inhalations thrice a day and cough out the phlegm as much as you can after the steam inhalations, add menthol crystals to the steamer.
They can remove the tonsil and it is not a very major procedure and can be done in patients with a high BMI.
Yes, it acid reflux is a common cause of throat infection, irritation and even lower respiratory tract infections.
He will be able to tell looking at it and cancer or not, if the tonsil is infected, it will be better off being removed to avoid problems in the future.
Oral cancers present with painful masses, ear pain, throat pain, pain while swallowing and this pain is excruciating not an ordinary 3 or 4 /10 pain but a 7-8/10 pain. They present with sores, bad breath (rotten meat), bloody saliva and the B symptoms that I mentioned. So, stop worrying about cancer, you do not have these symptoms.
My advice, do not jump to conclusions before your physician, that is the best way to stay calm.
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