I'm sorry to hear all you are going through :(
What your doctors are saying does sound very reasonable.
Have you been running any fevers lately?
It sounds like you may have some low grade infection that is causing your symptoms. By that I mean it can even be a virus that is just taking its time working its way out of your system.
There is also the possibility that the lymph nodes you are feeling are somewhat scarred. This is NOT anything to worry about. When a lymph node gets enlarged, sometimes there is some scarring that occurs inside of the node and that will make the node feel larger - possibly life long. The important thing, if this is the case, then the important thing will be for you to know what your nodes feel like.
Antibiotics won't clear viruses.
What I mean by your knowing is that once you get better (hopefully very soon) then, if you get sick again you will recognize if you have swollen nodes, or if this is just your new normal.
Thick mucus really isn't indicative of a tumor. That is something you can clear your worry about.
If you have a low grade infection it can affect all your local lymph nodes, and glands, so what you are telling me at this point doesn't seem very concerning.
As you've recently been sick I am not worried about the tonsils
I can understand your fear. It sounds like you are breathing comfortably so I am not concerned about pneumonia. Also, older people tend to have more trouble when they get pneumonia than younger.
Worrying about it certainly makes it scarier and you start seeing things that aren't there etc. I completely understand, and have "been there" myself.
As you were recently sick I don't think it is a problem.
Sounds like a viral infection hanging around that is exacerbated by low levels of allergy.
I think the swelling in your chin is also related to a low grade infection.
They can mean that - but there are other signs along with it. The ENT will likely be able to tell without removing it. In the worst case scenario if he isn't sure he MIGHT want to do a biopsy in the office. This is quite unlikely as the tonsils can bleed a lot. But a good ENT will know either way.
There is also a certain amount of asymmetry in the body that is normal. For example, many people have two different size feet - usually by about 1/2 an American size. Many people have different sized breasts, where one can be a cup size bigger than the other. So while symmetry is definitely something we look for when examining a patient, we also take into account that normal variant.
It isn't. I don't think that based on what you've told me that you will need them removed.
Putting an obese patient under anesthesia does carry extra risk, but it is done very often. Still, I don't think that you will need them removed.
The time that we contemplate removing tonsils is if someone is getting many infections in their tonsils, or if the tonsils are so large that they are blocking the airway and not letting the person breath.
I wish there was some way for me to help you relax. The ENT visit is a good idea - though I don't think a necessary one for what you are describing in your chin/throat etc. The main reason I think it is a good idea is because an ENT specializes in this area, and s/he can give an opinion that will hopefully help you relax until you are fully better.
I learned a long time ago that "Dr. Google" has many many scary things to write. I've learned that when I have a problem with myself, a friend has a problem, or my child has a problem, I stay AWAY from google. It is only good to cause more worry, panic and concern.
You can (and should) bring up this fear when you see the ENT.
Because the tonsils bleed so much, if a doctor feels a biopsy is necessary, sometimes s/he will just remove them.
That makes it so hard :(
Have you spoken to a psychologist or psychiatrist about this? Problems like this only get worse - so the sooner you have someone who can get you back on the "solid ground" you were on before your miscarriage (ie reasonable amount of concern that your body is running correctly) the better it will be.
I definitely think you should trust the doctor if/when they say it is fine. There is no way anyone can give you a guarantee, but the doctor can give their best personal opinion.
If a doctor gave a 100% guarantee I would NOT trust him/her.
Have the meds you've tried been for anxiety disorder?
I understand. Yes, s/he should know from looking at it, and if s/he has any question about it then s/he will discuss what the next step will be. I've fairly certain that the doctor will find that it is not a scary issue that is going on. I understand the fear of either way. I once found a lump in myself and the wait to find out about it was horrendous. Waiting for the appointments etc..... (Thank G-d it was all okay at the end - but this gives me a better understanding of what you are going through)
I hope G-d blesses you with all of that very soon.
Going off the medication isn't a good thing to do. I read a study that when a parent is depressed during pregnancy it affects the child's future chance for depression. My guess is that this would apply to all mental disorders.
As far as losing weight - congratulations on what you have done so far. Do you have any 12 step programs near you? There are some wonderful ones that really are very supportive, and I know people who have lost (and kept off) over 100 lbs by doing the 12 steps. (I see that it says you are in the UK, I don't know if they have "greysheet" or "CEAhow" but those are two that I know that are wonderful.
There are some that are - so your doctor needs to work with you to figure out which meds are safe during pregnancy, and make sure those are meds that will work for you.
I hope so too!
One of the many nice things about the 12 step programs (now, THAT would be something good to google :) ) is that most of the people there do emotional eating - which it sounds like is exactly what you do.
Nope - physically it does not.
Emotionally it sounds like it is making a wreck out of you :(
You sound like you can use a lot of big hugs right now :/
I agree with you that it is not rational.
I think you need a good doctor to work all of this out with you so that you can get onto a better track. Obsessing over everything makes for a very confining/confined life. If you keep thinking back to would've/should've/could've you only hurt yourself :( I wish there was a way I can help better than just telling you this -- I hope you will try to find a doctor who can talk to you face to face and actually help you put things in their proper place.
I'm sure she is in a happier and more comfortable place now. Looking down at you and wanting you to know how much she appreciated everything you were able to do for her).
(BTW - I have to get off the computer in about 11 minutes - but will be back either later today or tomorrow morning).
I'm happy to be of any help I can. I just don't want to suddenly cut you off when I have to run.
I became a doctor to help people. (Unfortunately becoming a doctor means that I have hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of debt, so I need to charge for my services - but the real reason I went into medicine is to help whomever I can.
I had someone come to this site a long time ago. Nobody had taken her question because she offered so little money to have it answered. To make a long story short I had to send her to the emergency room, a week later she messaged me from the hospital saying she had just gotten out of the ICU and the doctors told her that if she had waited any longer her 3 young children would be orphans now. Although she paid very very little (most likely the lowest I've ever been paid on this site) she is the one I am happiest about - because I really DID GOOD.
I agree 100%. If there was an appropriate restriction of food for her (ie no thin liquids) then it is 100% the home's responsibility to make sure that that was all she got.
You may have come with a simple medical question, but you are a whole human being. I like people -- not just lymph nodes and glands :)
It's hard to let go of people you love, but ultimately it is what happens to all of us :(
No problem at all as far as the helping goes. You can come back to chat with me whenever you want (and I am online). For the next few weeks my schedule will be hectic and there will be a few days in a row that I am offline, but after that I'll be on except for Friday and Saturday.
I hope you can give me good news about yourself in the very near future.
I have to leave the computer now. I really hope and pray that everything goes well for you. Physically AND mentally.