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#28363 11-15-2006 01:13 AM
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Hi all,

The last few days I have experienced a severe pain in my neck, midway down my jugular that hurts to the touch. When I press it, the pain is felt in the back of my throat and through my ear. My jaw also hurts on that side. I have been taking vicodin for pain, tylenol stopped working. I had an appointment with my ent in sept and all looked good. I am 4 years out from end of treatment. I have never felt anything like this. I just got over a few bad head and chest cold and have residual congestion. Does this sound like an infection or something worse? Please help.

Kelley


SCC tonsil(left) with contralateral mets. Modified right neck disection August, 2002. 33 rads(62 gy)both sides of neck and 3 cycles cisplatin completed October 25, 2002. 34 yo at time of diagnosis
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Kelley,

I'm not a Dr so I won't attempt to Dx. I think you should call your ENT and get in to see them. I wouldn't hesitate on this.


Tim Stoj
60 yr old. Dx Jun 06 with BOT Stage IV. Neck dissesction on 19 Jun 06. Started Tx on 21 Aug 06/completed 33 IMRTs and 3 CT (2 Cisplat & 1 Carboplat) on 5 Oct 06.
#28365 11-15-2006 06:03 AM
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I would see your doctor but it sounds like an infection of some sort to me. Let us know and I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
Minnie


SCC Left Mandible. Jaw replaced with bone from leg. Neck disection, 37 radiation treatments. Recurrence 8-28-07, stage 2, tongue. One third of tongue removed 10-4-07. 5-23-08 chemo started for tumor behind swallowing passage, Our good friend and much loved OCF member Minnie has been lost to the disease (RIP 10-29-08). We will all miss her greatly.
#28366 11-15-2006 07:13 AM
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Even if it is an infection, why would you want to try to treat it yourself? Whatever it is, I would RUN, not walk, to my ENTs office and get it checked out ASAP. Let's hope for the best. Keep us posted.

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Eileen


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Aug 1997 unknown primary, Stage III
mets to 1 lymph node in neck; rt ND, 36 XRT rad
Aug 2001 tiny tumor on larynx, Stage I total laryngectomy; left ND
June 5, 2010 dx early stage breast cancer
June 9, 2011 SCC 1.5 cm hypo pharynx, 70% P-16 positive, no mets, Stage I
#28367 11-16-2006 12:26 PM
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I saw the ent today and after scoping and palpating my throat and neck, he said once again that everything looked good, that what i was feeling was not related to my treatment or disease. He said I have an inflammation around my carotid and gave me a medicine for, what i believe, migraines. It wasnt my regular surgeon that I saw however an ent regardless. I saw my surgeon in sept, and asked when my next ct was and he said he wouldnt send me for anymore unless something was wrong, which he found nothing. His school of thought is pet/cts the first 2 years, which i talked him into one the third year, and then chest xrays every year. He talked about radiation exposure, blah blah blah. He also assured me, as he always does that he would be throwing me a party at 5 years and that physical palpation with me is easy because i am so thin. Do I feel better? Yea, but...!! Do I take the meds and see(which i'll do anyway) or do I insist on annual ct's? I dont feel as bad, i'm sure my mental state exacerbated the condition. But my ear, neck jaw and throat still hurt. Thanks for listening guys. I appreciate your feedback and your warm wishes. These episodes(as I call them) are fewer and further in between but when they come, it consumes me sometimes. I'm sure most of you understand that, so thanks again.

Kelley


SCC tonsil(left) with contralateral mets. Modified right neck disection August, 2002. 33 rads(62 gy)both sides of neck and 3 cycles cisplatin completed October 25, 2002. 34 yo at time of diagnosis
#28368 11-17-2006 09:33 AM
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Annual MRI's are a better choice over a CT (at least that is what my CCC orders) . Annual chest x-ray is pretty much standard.

One CT = 6 months of background radiation level.

I am 4 years out as well and have more congestion then I had pre Tx. I also have neck spasms from radiation damage, which I take Valium and Codeine for.


Gary Allsebrook
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Gary,

Please explain the importance of your sentence...One CT = 6 months of background radiation level. ?

Thanks,


David

Age 58 at Dx, HPV16+ SCC, Stage IV BOT+2 nodes, non smoker, casual drinker, exercise nut, Cisplatin x 3 & concurrent IMRT x 35,(70 Gy), no surgery, no Peg, Tx at Moffitt over Aug 06. Jun 07, back to riding my bike 100 miles a wk. Now doing 12 Spin classes and 60 outdoor miles per wk. Nov 13 completed Hilly Century ride for Cancer, 104 miles, 1st Place in my age group. Apr 2014 & 15, Spun for 9 straight hrs to raise $$ for YMCA's Livestrong Program. Certified Spin Instructor Jun 2014.
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Thanks Gary. I see my mo next month and will talk to him regarding having an mri. I believe what i am feeling are some sort of neck and back of throat spasms. I read something about trigeminal and glossopharyngeal neuralgia and describes my symptoms, however mine were constant. I think it is called atypical. Well, thats my diagnosis, and im sticking to it!!
Yea, what do you mean about background radiation level?

Kelley


SCC tonsil(left) with contralateral mets. Modified right neck disection August, 2002. 33 rads(62 gy)both sides of neck and 3 cycles cisplatin completed October 25, 2002. 34 yo at time of diagnosis
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Hi Kelley, I just ran across your post as I'm having similar symptoms myself ... I've always been somewhat sore and tender on the opposite side of my neck from where my surgery was. Sometimes it flairs up, I go see someone, and they always come back and say everything looks and feels good.

One ENT said a lot of the soreness is because my head is "unbalanced" because I have muscles on one side and lack some on the other.

But this week, the pain has seemed more acute than usual. Monday night, even had shooting pain from my neck into my ear that made me wince everytime I had an "episode"... Went to my general doc this week and he said he felt a swollen lymph node, which of course has me completely freaked out. But he said the fact that it is tender to the touch is a sign that it's likely from the lymph node doing its job catching an infection and not something malignant.

But, I'm going to see an ENT today anyways... sorry to hijack the thread but was glad to see this on here... I'm 3+ years out from initial diagnosis and 2+ years from final treatment, so this has kind of jarred me back into some old feelings/emotions/fears again...


Tongue cancer (SCC), diagnosed Oct. 2003 (T2 N0 M0). Surgery to remove tumor. IMRT Radiation 30x in Dec 2003 - Jan. 2004. Recurrence lymph node - radical neck dissection June 2004. Second round of rad/chemo treatments ended Sept. 2004.
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Hey, it's great to hear from you again!
I have tons of trouble with my neck, and it seems to get worse by the month. I have alot of pain and it's something I'm aware of every minute of the day, the closest thing to a disability that I can think of from this cancer. And now it's both sides of my neck that have pain and spasms and are tight. I also will have pain from my neck to my ear if I've been really active that day. I feel "unbalanced" in my head and neck area. I love going to watch high school basketball games, one of my very favorite pastimes, but I now have trouble sitting through a game because my neck tightens up. Something about the way I have to hold my neck while sitting in the bleachers. Can't win, can we? First I can't eat the popcorn and hotdogs like I loved scarfing down in past years.........now it's difficult to sit period, lol. But..........I'm there, watching the game, screaming at the ref and crying when the under dog wins............so what more can we ask for?
Hope you find out all is well.
Love,
Minnie


SCC Left Mandible. Jaw replaced with bone from leg. Neck disection, 37 radiation treatments. Recurrence 8-28-07, stage 2, tongue. One third of tongue removed 10-4-07. 5-23-08 chemo started for tumor behind swallowing passage, Our good friend and much loved OCF member Minnie has been lost to the disease (RIP 10-29-08). We will all miss her greatly.
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