Hoping someone can help...or at least put my mind at ease?
For the past two weeks I have felt this weird sensation in my throat. It's not a sore throat feeling, but more like a dull ache, almost feels more like a pressure ache on the left side of my throat just below my adams apple. I have no problems eating or drinking or breathing. I recently quit smoking (about the time this feeling came on)...I used to smoke about a pack a day for about 12 years. I haven't smoked since.
Anyhow, the dull ache has come and gone over the course of the past two weeks. I have not lost my voice, but if I speak a lot during the day I feel that my voice is raspy...but it's just me that feels that way, no one else has noticed any changes in my voice. But, to me, my voice feels tired and raspy.
There does not seem to be any mucus accumulated in my throat. I do not have the feeling that I need to cough. I do not feel any lumps or bulges in my throat. Occasionally I get a light-headed feeling.
I haven't been the doctor. I have a fear of doctors...and I can't help but feel like they are gonna tell me I have some horrible disease.
I feel like I'm losing my mind, but the anxiety I've felt now over this now keep me awake at night. The pain at times seems so minor and I have tried to tell myself that I'm paranoid, but yet I still worry about it. Am I losing my mind?