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Recurring E.N.T. Issues

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  • Posted By: Marruda
  • May 7, 2009
  • 08:02 PM

Hi Everyone,

Back in Nov. and Dec. I came down with a couple of bad colds/flu and I haven't felt quite right since. I've had one swollen lymph (about 1cm in size) node under my jaw that hasn't gone down since and it seems like every other week I have the following symptoms:

-Sore throat & nose (Where the two meet). Also I can see that the back of my throat is red. Talking and eating bother me very little, if at all. It feels worse to swallow my own saliva than it does to swallow food/drink.
-Pressure in my ear (usually just the right but sometimes both)
-Constantly ringing ears (tinnitus)
-Popping/crackling in my ears when I yawn or swallow
-Swollen lymph nodes on both sides of neck and behind my right ear
-Stiff neck
-Bloody mucus when I blow my nose

I've been to the doctors several times and to an ENT once. I've had a great deal of blood-work done, as well as a chest X-Ray, all of which came back normal. The ENT did notice swelling in my nose; he thought that it may be allergies and prescribed me Flonase. I've only been taking it for a week but it doesn't seem to be doing much. Also, I am skeptical of it being allergies because I've been having these symptoms before outdoor allergy season and I've had my cat for years with no problem.

After doing research online, it seems to me (in my completely unprofessional opinion) that I may have a problem with my nasal pharynx. Its about that area that feels sore to me and if it was swollen it could be causing problems with my Eustachian Tube which would explain the problems in my ear(s). I don't understand why the symptoms keep coming and going though.

I'm hoping someone here may be able to come up with some possible causes and also some suggestions as to what I should ask my PCP/ENT to do. I have a follow up with my PCP at the end of the month and I'm thinking of asking for them to use one of those flexible scopes to get a better look at whats going on and possibly even an MRI to make sure there isn't a tumor.

Thanks for reading my long post and I appreciate any help you can give me.


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  • Well I do know that swollen lymph nodes usual indicate that there is an infection, and if it comes and goes that leads me to even further believe it to be an infection. Whether bacterial or caused by virus is left to be understood, however if you had a lot of colds or flus recently, it may be leftover from that. Next time you go to the doctor, ask what types of complications or residual effects, as well as post-viral infections can be located in the target area. And then cross your finger that its a bacterial infection so that you can cure with anti-biotics. I am of course no doctor but these are my thoughts. Don't know if that is any help but I wish you the best of luck and get better soon!!
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