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I am getting very frustrated with my ENT doc

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  • Posted By: pandeykatie
  • June 27, 2008
  • 08:00 PM

I am needing a second opinion. For the last 6 weeks I have not had a voice. For the first 5 weeks I had a very sore neck and some difficulty breathing. I was told that I had a contact ulcer and that my throat was extremely dry. He said it was so dry that it looked like I had been living in a dessert with no water for a year. He said it was probably caused by my asthma inhalers. I take(took) flovent and albuterol. I stopped taking them a couple weeks ago due to the fact that they may be causing this dryness. I was using saline nebs at home and drinking lots of fluids. I had my follow up appointment today and my ENT said that the scaly dry stuff was pretty much gone but my voice box is really really red and really really swollen. He gave me prednisone to take for 7 days and said he didn't know why my voice box is this way. He also told me that if it doesn't get better in another couple of weeks to make an appt to see a speech therapist. I also have had this lump on the front of my neck in the same place that a guys adams apple is located. It is pea size and hard. It doesn't hurt and I think it has gotten a little bigger in the past 4 weeks. My ENT stated that every woman has a bump on her neck and it is equivalent to an adams apple. I had never noticed it before this issue and am a little bit concerned about him not looking further into it. Should I be? Not having a voice is really taking a mental and physical toll on me. I am extremely exhausted! If you have any suggestions or comments please let me know!
Thanks! :(

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  • Get your thyroid checked....that may be the lump in your neck..and cann account for the fatigue....you may have the beginning stages of some kind of thryoid condition and if this is caught early on and treated, your recovery will be faster. Endocrinologist is the specialist, but GP can do the basic testing but be sure to get ALL these blood tests: FT4, FT3, TSH and the antibodies for Graves and Hashimotos disease, autoimmune disease of the thryoid...these are treatable....Joan
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  • I am needing a second opinion. For the last 6 weeks I have not had a voice. For the first 5 weeks I had a very sore neck and some difficulty breathing. I was told that I had a contact ulcer and that my throat was extremely dry. He said it was so dry that it looked like I had been living in a dessert with no water for a year. He said it was probably caused by my asthma inhalers. I take(took) flovent and albuterol. I stopped taking them a couple weeks ago due to the fact that they may be causing this dryness. I was using saline nebs at home and drinking lots of fluids. I had my follow up appointment today and my ENT said that the scaly dry stuff was pretty much gone but my voice box is really really red and really really swollen. He gave me prednisone to take for 7 days and said he didn't know why my voice box is this way. He also told me that if it doesn't get better in another couple of weeks to make an appt to see a speech therapist. I also have had this lump on the front of my neck in the same place that a guys adams apple is located. It is pea size and hard. It doesn't hurt and I think it has gotten a little bigger in the past 4 weeks. My ENT stated that every woman has a bump on her neck and it is equivalent to an adams apple. I had never noticed it before this issue and am a little bit concerned about him not looking further into it. Should I be? Not having a voice is really taking a mental and physical toll on me. I am extremely exhausted! If you have any suggestions or comments please let me know! Thanks! :( Your ENT sounds like a complete idiot - I'd fire him! I am not a fan of ENT's in general:mad:. You need another opinion on this growth - it is not normal and could be causing your voice problems. I agree an endocrinologist who can check thyroid function is important. Are you taking any other medications? How is your digestion - any GERD or acid reflux? DOM
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