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I am concerned, I have been having a build up on the base of my tongue which seems to be improving. However, a few days ago after scraping my tongue, I notice a small sized knot on the base of my tongue very close to my windpipe using my fingers. Could this be a tumor which is the beginning stages of base of the tongue cancer? Please advise as I am worried
Don't assume that this knot or lump is anything serious untill it's been checked out.
I would add at this point though that if you are not 100% happy with your doctors diagnosis (if he or she totally disregards the problem)to get it checked out at a hospital ENT dept.
I speak from experience here as a lump at the back of my tongue and the consequent pain it caused on one side of my face was overlooked by my bungling GP as nothing and my pain was due to an ear infection! A few weeks later I took myself down to my local hospital and after further inspection, was called in immediately for a biopsy and was told within a week I had Cancer. The moral of the story here is to trust your own judgement. You will instinctively know if something is not right and warrants further investigation. Local Doctors are not always the best people to determine wether or not you have a serious illness. Thats why we have specialists. See one to put your mind at rest.
Quite a few people have been on this board with similar questions regarding small growths which often turn out to be nothing serious. As for the rest of us.....we live and learn and are here to help and advise others when needed.
Let us know the outcome of your examination.
Thanks for the information. I have not seen a MD at this time as I just noticed this nodule. I will schedule a appointment with an ENT, as I am not sure if a nodule in the middle on the base of your tongue close to the windpipe is normal. I am not sure how long it has been there, it is a possibility that it has been there my whole life and I just happend to stumble across it. I mean, how many people actually stick there finger down there throat to check for something like that? I just happen to have some sort of build up that was bothering me.. Hmmm!
When you went to the hospital, how did you manage to get an appointment with an ENT specialist, without a referral from your doctor? I saw a consultant privately, but even then I needed the referral letter from my GP.
I simply went to A&E at Wexham Park Hospital and saw a Doctor there from ENT who examined me and referred me the very next day to a consultant at the King Edward Hospital in Windsor to verify what he feared may be a tumour. A biopsy came within a week and my treatment plan was drawn up and started within a fortnight.
Had I continued going back and forth to the stupid GP I was seeing she would have carried on telling me to take Sudafed and Asprin for my "infection"........
Glad I followed my instincts. You can by-pass your Doctor by being persistent and making yourself heard.
That's really interesting. It would never have occurred to me to go to A&E, unless the tumour was so big that I couldn't breathe. Thank goodness you had an alternative option. I saw two different GPs over a couple of months, but I know that I actually delayed the process of being referred because I thought that one set of antibiotics were reducing the swelling. As I had an infectiuon around the tumour, they probably were treating the infection, but the tumour remained. Luckily the tumour was still at a very early stage when I did get diagnosed.
A number of people on this site have said that they were worried about a lump, and I have always recommended that they go to their GP, and to keep going back if the antibiotics they get don't cure the problem, eventually asking their GP to refer them to an ENT specialist. I'm not sure if I should recomment your alternative route, but it's good to know that there is another option if you need it.
I guess the main problem here is with strength of character. Some people don't like to make a fuss and may be embarrased about the possibilty of raising a false alert.
When these lumps occur they are often a surprise and while not knowing what they are, we always fear the worst.
GP's / MD's are often quick to dismiss the worst case scenario and I'm not sure they always know what to look for nor understand the patient's concerns. Some doctors are quick to make a referall prefering not to chance any delays if its something they are not sure about. Others are so sure of their diagnosis of Flu related symptoms or Virus infections that your own fears will be disregarded, while over a period of time, you may begin to feel progressively worse.... as I did.
I went to hospital under my own steam knowing that I was wasting my time trying to explain to my local Doctor the depth of discomfort I was experiencing. Of course, the outcome became apparent fairly quickly.
This is not by any means the norm here. Its what I had to do to get results.
If anyone else feels like I did and they are concerned that their fears are being pushed aside then go a step further and try to make a direct approach. It worked for me and set the wheels in motion to starting treatment probably much sooner than if I had accepted "infection" as the answer to my complaint.
I don't like complacency and when it boils down to a possible Life/Death situation then no one can take a chance on playing god with your life.
In a world full of mistakes and tragedy there is never a foolproof way of some people slipping through the net when they could have been saved or suffered less. Nobody is perfect.
If one day somebody reads this thread and it prompts them into a course of action that puts time on their side and detects something early, then making this point will have been worth the effort.
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