Strange Throat Symptom Help

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Strange Throat Symptom Help

by JP1234 on Tue Jun 12, 2018 02:29 PM

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Good morning,

I was reading another discussion where many other members were supporting and reassuring the OP's worries and concerns, and indicating that none of the OP's symptoms were similar to their own. I decided to join and post one for myself.

Have any of you experienced numbess of the throat?

I am going on 12 weeks. Beginning of April I had strep, antibiotic cleared it up, a couple weeks later my throat went completely numb, another round of antibiotics, it cleared it up, several weeks later, another round of antibiotics due to numbness, but negative strep test. I have been able to feel a lump in my tonsil (possible stone?) since halfway through this ordeal, and it feels large. My throat is now numb again, but it's like a band around the base of my mouth including back of my tongue. My ear usually feels full when this happens.

I saw an ENT this morning, and he used a scope because I wasn't happy with what he was telling me. 3 options: Continue to treat with antibiotics, get a neuro consult, or have my tonsils removed. He said they look large. He said in 20 years has not come across someone with my symptoms, and that numness sounds neurological. He said it's weird that it goes away with antibiotics and it makes no sense.

I opted for a fourth round of antibiotics, and am debating the neuro consult or tonsillectomy as my next step...I'm not a big fan of being the one left to make that call. I guess if he wasn't too concerned then I shouldn't be either, right? He said one tonsil was bigger than the other and if I had them removed he would recommend having it biopsied.......okay that's comforting.

If no one has experienced numbess then I may just ignore it. I'm no stranger to a weird things happening to my body. I appreciate any responses!!

Thank you,


RE: Strange Throat Symptom Help

by Sdurnell on Sat Jun 16, 2018 07:01 AM

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It seems to me that if you are getting good results with antibiotics that it's likely some type of infection. 

I have not heard of numbness as a symptom of head and neck cancer.  But mismatched tonsils like that can be one, as can a lump.

Best of luck to you in deciding what to do.  I hear you about making the final call yourself--I would have felt unprepared to do such a thing as well.  Fortunately for me it worked out just fine to follow the protocols and do what was recommended.

I hope for your sake that you don't have this miserable cancer!


RE: Strange Throat Symptom Help

by NJM01 on Sat Jun 16, 2018 08:34 AM

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Hi Jen - I went through several diagnoses (and seemingly successful courses of antibiotics) before it was determined I had late stage tonsil cancer. However, my symptoms were different to those you describe. If I were you, I’d get a second opinion and then make a decision. Whatever you do, I’d respectfully suggest that you don’t simply ignore this. Even if the odds are that what you have isn’t cancer, your symptoms sound like some form of medical treatment is warranted. Best of luck and please let us know how you go. N

RE: Strange Throat Symptom Help

by hisprincesstoo on Sat Jun 16, 2018 02:20 PM

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since Dec 1, 2001, I have trigeminal neuralgia . . the left side of my face is numb with no other symptoms.  no droopy face, no pain.  I also feel pressure in that ear.  It is constant, though.  I've been checked for all the 'normal' reasons for all this, but nothing was confirmed.  They concluded it was 'non specific', in other words, they don't know why, but it is numb.  Like you my body reacts different than most pple.  

With that said, I would check out the neurologist first myself.  there has got to be similar nerves going to the throat.  It could explain these symptoms, and a neurologist would be looking for something touching one of the nerves, which is all it takes to have something go numb.  The fact that it does go away could be a great sign.  It would only take a small swelling to touch a nerve, and if that does away with antibiotics, there is some kind of infection going on.

I'm curious, does this effect your swallowing?

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