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Howaboutthisone Wed 16-Jul-14 19:10:53

Hi all!

I'm a bit desperate as I have no faith in my GP and no way of changing- I've spent most of this week trying.
As you've been a knowledgable bunch and helped me out in the past (I've nc for this as have been ranting in rl and don't want them connecting me to other posts) I thought maybe someone had experienced this before.

A few weeks ago I had a sore throat. Nothing severe and being a regular with tonsilitis I coped. I'd recently been on doxycycline antibiotics for unrelated infection (although it turned out I didn't have the infection when results came back). Then I noticed that right at the back of my throat, behind the dangly thing (uvula?) so pretty much what I'd describe as the wall of the throat, there was a red swollen bit. It's making me retch when cleaning my teeth and I can feel it most of the time but it doesn't stop me eating and drinking at all. I went to the doctor and she kept telling me my tonsils were fine (which I was pretty sure of) but that I might have a touch of uvulitis or throat infection. So she gave me amoxicillin. I finished that and waited a week but no improvement. I went back and now she's given me penicillin 10 day course of 8 tablets a day. But that's 3 antibiotics in less than 6 weeks and I've had no throat swab or anything.

Has anyone had this? Does this sounds right?

I'm probably a little panicked as most do when they see something lumpy. It's made worse by my complete lack of confidence in my GP. She's lovely but has done so many contradictory things in the past, its hard to trust.

Plus my grandad had oesophageal cancer so I'm probably overreacting a bit due to that too.

Howaboutthisone Wed 16-Jul-14 19:42:25


LynetteScavo Wed 16-Jul-14 19:47:03

Have you voiced your concern of oesophageal cancer to the GP?

While it probably isn't that, the GP probably sees a thousand times more throat infections than cancers, so if you are concerned, I think you need to say, rather than waiting for the GP to suggest it.

Howaboutthisone Wed 16-Jul-14 19:56:15

Thanks for your response.

I did in so many words by asking if I should be concerned as we all can be when seeing lumps. She laughed it off saying 'oh no, its nothing life shortening!'

Howaboutthisone Wed 16-Jul-14 20:59:39

Have asked for this to be moved to general health as it probably fits better there.

Howaboutthisone Wed 16-Jul-14 22:13:45

Anyone have any ideas or advice please?

olympicsrock Wed 16-Jul-14 22:23:28

I'm a doc and agree with your GP. Don't worry.

Howaboutthisone Wed 16-Jul-14 22:27:49

Thanks for posting. Is it normal to just keep plugging away with different antibiotics and to prescribe 3 courses in a short space of time with no other testing then? If it is then that's good!

Howaboutthisone Thu 17-Jul-14 19:14:34

Any thoughts?

InSpaceNooneCanHearYouScream Thu 17-Jul-14 21:50:15

Olympic, not being funny, but how can you reassure OP with so little info? She has a 'lump' in her throat that hasn't responded to antibiotics. I'm sure you're right, and it's nothing.... But still

Howaboutthisone Fri 18-Jul-14 09:32:34

I suppose its difficult for anyone to really know without seeing it but I appreciate the responses. I was hoping that it was something that someone knew of to be honest.

evenafterall Sat 19-Jul-14 22:57:59

I had 4 different antibiotics prescribed back to back for kidney infection sinusitis and chest infection ( actually sinusitis is all it was) without any tests whatsoever. It's amazing considering that antibiotics are becoming ineffective... And also really hard going on my stomach and digestive tract. A few months down the road I'm still on probiotics ... So yep feel free to bit take the last lot not wait to see if it "goes away" and ask for a proper diagnosis...

Howaboutthisone Sun 20-Jul-14 06:55:00

Thanks for your post Evenafterall.
That's exactly it. I find it crazy at a time we're being told that we're going to need to develop new antibiotics due to overuse leading to lack of effectiveness. It's no surprise that my area has one of the highest prescribing rates!
Two issues really then for me- the amount of antibiotics and also a lack of trust in my gp. I think she goes away in a few weeks and I'm actually trying to time my next appointment for when there's a locum covering! Surely people usually try to avoid this!
Aaargh! (Said quietly so as not to irritate throat further!)

ClockWatchingLady Sun 20-Jul-14 07:55:22

How about getting a dentist appointment? Dentists are trained to spot any dodgy mouth/throat stuff.

Howaboutthisone Sun 20-Jul-14 08:29:52

I hadn't thought of that! And my dentist is great! I will look into that.

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