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Throat symptoms

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  • Posted By: Star09
  • May 29, 2010
  • 09:54 PM

I wasn't sure what to title this!

Background info - I have inflammatory arthritis. My rheumatologist is hesitant to give me a rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis because I don't have the rheumatoid factor in my blood. I am being treated the same way though. I'm on methotrexate.

I have been suffering from a very painful throat for many months. I frequently choke when eating/drinking but it's worse when drinking. I brought this up with the gastroenterologist (who I was seeing for stomach issues) but he brushed it off as nothing. It feels like there's a large swollen lump in my throat. It is surprisingly painful. I keep going to my GP who says I have no infection. I frequently lose my voice totally for days at a time and I often have a croaky voice. It's not tender to touch and my glands aren't swollen. I'm not sure if it's connected to my arthritis or not. I've heard you can get inflammation of the larynx. What else could this be?

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  • One of my relatives had thyroglossal duct cyst. You may want to check into that. Symptoms sound similar and it shouldn't be let go. Her surgery was done early and only a few days of feeling badly.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I wasn't sure what to title this! Background info - I have inflammatory arthritis. My rheumatologist is hesitant to give me a rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis because I don't have the rheumatoid factor in my blood. I am being treated the same way though. I'm on methotrexate. I have been suffering from a very painful throat for many months. I frequently choke when eating/drinking but it's worse when drinking. I brought this up with the gastroenterologist (who I was seeing for stomach issues) but he brushed it off as nothing. It feels like there's a large swollen lump in my throat. It is surprisingly painful. I keep going to my GP who says I have no infection. I frequently lose my voice totally for days at a time and I often have a croaky voice. It's not tender to touch and my glands aren't swollen. I'm not sure if it's connected to my arthritis or not. I've heard you can get inflammation of the larynx. What else could this be? im wondering if you had all those throat/voice symptoms before you started the methotrexate. Apparently methotrexate has choking and "speech impairment" (eg lose of voice) and "sore throat" as common side effects. http://www.drugs.com/sfx/methotrexate-side-effects.html Sounds like drug side effects.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • I had these symptoms long before methotrexate.
    Star09 15 Replies Flag this Response
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