I'm a 23 year old male and since about May of 2014 I have had a lump in my neck about the size of a small grape. It also effects swallowing because it feels like my throat is pushing out on a lump. I'm extremely frustrated because I live in a booming oil city in Texas and every doctor within a 100 mile radius is booked until 4+ months. Also, every doctor I see here spends 2 minutes with you then leaves with a "diagnosis", which is not effective in many cases! Additionally, I work a full time job and also attend college so it is very hard for me to just leave everything behind to search for answers.
That being said, I'm at my wits end and I feel like I'm on the verge of giving up. The lump isn't painful but is concerning because of it's size. I can grab it with my fingers and it feels like it's about 3-4ths of an inch long and has a strange shape that resembles a bean. I have had my PCP look at it and he thought it was a swollen lymph node and he referred me to an ENT, since seeing that ENT he thought that it was a swollen submandibular gland and gave me some antibiotics to treat it but it did nothing. I tried to schedule a follow up appointment and found that he had since retired, go figure. I scheduled an appointment with another ENT who immediately ordered a CT scan. When he called me with the CT results, he said that they came back negative and that "he will just leave me alone at this point". Why in the world would a doctor say something like that? To get rid of me so he could see more patients? After, I used the Dr. On Demand app and the doctor that I spoke with was the most informative and patient doctor that I spoke to, he said to get an ultrasound because it is better for soft tissue and have some blood work drawn up because the lump could be a variety of things. Now here I am, the ultrasound came back negative, and my blood work is normal, I don't know what to do anymore. I feel like using the app again will yield no results because they can't physically see me. I understand that the lump can be so many things but I can't seem to get any answers from anyone. Not only can I not get answers, but when I search for them I have to wait months before I see a doctor who will only see me for a few minutes. Any information would be greatly appreciated and I thank anyone for their time and responses.