Posted by: Louise R | 2005/12/06

Lump in neck

I've had a mostly painless lump below my right jaw for longer than a year now. My doctor has given me a course of antibiotics to see if it will clear it up (+/- 2 mths ago). But it is still there. About 2 weeks ago it started aching below this lump, and since the I've developed a hoarsness in my throat that comes and goes. I have also recently started feeling dizzy at odd times. I normaly have low blood pressure, but only when I stand up suddenly etc. Now I get dizzy when I'm sitting down, doing nothing strenueous. At times when I swallow, its asif the muscle in my throat (tongue)cramps and it's quite painfull. I hope you can tell me if it's something I should worry about or not. My father died due to a rare form of cancer. So naturaly I worry that it could be something malignant but up to now I,ve been too scared to find out...
Thanks in advance

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Dear Louise,
Being scared to know what it is won't make it better, I am worried about the symptoms you are describing. Please ask your doctor to refer you to a surgeon to cut out the lump and send it to a lab. It could be totally harmless but I think it is starting to press on your vocal cord's nerve and need to be removed anyway. Let me know what the outcome is?

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