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Sore throat that won't go away
TelecomJunkee posted:
Dr Moser, I am a 33 year old male and have had soreness in the right side of my throat for approximately 4 months. Most of the time it only hurts when I swallow, and it hurts about 2" above where my neck and collar bone meet. I went to my family Dr. and he prescribed a Z Pack to clear up what he thought was a sinus infection (which I have been prone to over the years), and at the same time he prescribed me Chantix to quit smoking. I have been successful in quitting so far as I have gone 2 months w/o the depression sticks. I thought that my smoking was the cause of the "sinus infection(s)", but the Z Pack did little to tackle the problem. So, then he put me on Amoxy for 2 weeks and this did nothing to take care of the problem either. On my own, I went to see an ENT specialist and he put some sprays up my nose and ran a probe inside to take a look. He wants me to go for an MRI on my sinuses and I am waiting for my new insurance card to arrive so I can get it scheduled. In your years of experience, have you seen cases like this before? I feel fine, except for when I swallow. I get occasional pressure in my right ear also... Many thanks in advance!!
TelecomJunkee responded:
A couple of other things to add. The ENT Dr prescribed Prilosec in suspicion that this may be caused by some sort of acid reflux. I told him that I do not have any sort of heart burn or excess indigestion, but he told me that 50% of people who have this do not have any symptoms. Also, in recent weeks I notice an occasional flutter in the muscles where my neck and collar bone meet. This fluttering is below the spot where I feel the pain when swallowing, Thanks again!
Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
Sure...all medical providers encounter cases that just defy an "easy" diagnosis and quick fix. Every person and every case is uniquely different, however, so another person's experience is not likely to be applicable to you. It appears your doctor is doing a good job trying to establish a source of your symptoms, and is trying a few "trials" of treatment. This is typical. Since I do not have a way of examining you, reviewing your medical history, and delving into your case, I am unable to offer you any profound wisdom or advice, other than the importance of sticking with your ENT until this challenging case is solved, or you get simply get better -- whatever comes first.
tangel529203 responded:
So whatever happened? I'm am experiencing similar symptoms and wondered what you found out?
whereiwork11 replied to TelecomJunkee's response:
I have been told the same thing and have been taking zantac there is red spots on either side of my mouth with what looks like infected sores the doc says he doesn't seem it and it's not tere but I can see it and feel it and it's makes me gag when I cough.
Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to whereiwork11's response:
If your doctor can't see those sores, then you may need to see a different doctor.

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