Throat pain right side only, sore right ear, nose sores 4 months

Posted by abbyk @abbyk, Dec 23, 2018

Hi, has anyone else had these symptoms? In September i had the sensation of a lump at the very bottom right side of my throat, just between my collar bones. Over the past 4 months the sensation has turned to somewhat severe pain that steadily progressed up my throat. The pain now extends up the entire right side of my windpipe and into my right ear canal. It burns to breathe in, but my ENT consult scope showed nothing abnormal. I can swallow but there is some pain as the food passes the sore area. Also, My right side carotid artery area gets tender and swollen for about a week then improves. But keeps coming back. My ear pain includes inner ear pain and cartilage pain near the ear canal entrance. My right side sinus has been burning and feeling very dry. My nose has sores in the tip that crack, crust and dont heal. I have also had severe fatigue and hip pain while having the throat symptoms. I have had corneal inflammation over the past 5 years but am otherwise in great health. I've had numerous blood tests, an ent consult scope, and a thyroid ultrasound to try find the cause of this sore throat and nothing has shown up besides slightly elevated c reactive protein. NSAIDs do not help with the pain. Right now I suffer from chronic throat ear, and sinus pain. I am getting so fatigued lately i can barely function. My GP is unsure where to refer me. Just wondering if anyone has had similar symptoms and what specialists they may have seen. Thanks!

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Gosh, I'm no doctor, but I'd seriously consider chiropractic care with someone reputable and who has long-term experience. When my neck was off it took a long time to get the muscles to relax and they're easily agitated, but just getting it aligned properly was an absolute relief. I also had muscle therapy since one side gets tight and the other shortened, but seems like alignment could at least give you more movement and massage along w/that would help the muscular complications. Even if it's a friend doing massage. I don't know what I'd do if I hadn't done those things. At the time, ortho really didn't suggest it, but it changed my whole life. I wish you the best.

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@livetheday

Kind of interesting that you mentioned the issue with C5 and C6, I also have an issue with that area. They called mine congenital fusion, meaning it was that way since birth. I don't really buy that, because I had a very nasty car accident in 1981. They only did regular x-ray at that time, really did not should the fusion, so???
I have always keep this in the back of my mind and felt that it has something to do with headaches/dizziness/swallowing issues and etc. After enough pain and complaining, I finally got a Dr to order an MRI (which showed the fusion), Because of the fusion, we still don't know what nerves might be effected, pinched or compressed. Wearing a motor cycle helmet seems to bother the most, adding weight to that area of the neck.
They say there is nothing we can do at this point, just live with it!
I should not complain I guess, can still walk, talk, eat and pretty much do everything I want, so it is what it is!

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@livetheday C5/C6 is a common injury level in a whiplash. I do know that if a disc collapses completely, the spine can fuse itself as it tries to maintain stability. Maybe that is what happened since you say an old X-ray didn't show it. I've heard about cases like that. I hope it's not too painful.

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@stowe

Gosh, I'm no doctor, but I'd seriously consider chiropractic care with someone reputable and who has long-term experience. When my neck was off it took a long time to get the muscles to relax and they're easily agitated, but just getting it aligned properly was an absolute relief. I also had muscle therapy since one side gets tight and the other shortened, but seems like alignment could at least give you more movement and massage along w/that would help the muscular complications. Even if it's a friend doing massage. I don't know what I'd do if I hadn't done those things. At the time, ortho really didn't suggest it, but it changed my whole life. I wish you the best.

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Thanks for the advice! I do go to Chiropractor from time to time. But the last time I went for neck pain and dizziness, they would not work on my neck at all, because they seemed to all of a sudden decided if one manipulates the C5 – C6 area, it is possible to injury tiny blood vessels in that area, which in turn causes tiny clots, which might travel and cause a stroke.
Because I had a previous stroke, they were even more nervous to work on me, in that area.
Then for me, using a PT or massage therapist does work out very well for me, just because of my work, travel a fair amount and find it hard to be home when have appointments. Have to cancel most of the time. When can't try it on a consistence basis, it does not seem fair to either of us.

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@livetheday

Thanks for the advice! I do go to Chiropractor from time to time. But the last time I went for neck pain and dizziness, they would not work on my neck at all, because they seemed to all of a sudden decided if one manipulates the C5 – C6 area, it is possible to injury tiny blood vessels in that area, which in turn causes tiny clots, which might travel and cause a stroke.
Because I had a previous stroke, they were even more nervous to work on me, in that area.
Then for me, using a PT or massage therapist does work out very well for me, just because of my work, travel a fair amount and find it hard to be home when have appointments. Have to cancel most of the time. When can't try it on a consistence basis, it does not seem fair to either of us.

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@livetheday Have you asked your therapist about what she recommends since you travel alot?

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@texasduchess

My suggestions may help with your sinus and nose issues–Xlear Nasal Spray is a non-burning saline spray that is very soothing and antiseptic (has Xylitol which is a natural disinfectant; be sure to keep away from pets as they can't tolerate Xylitol) and Ponaris Nasal Emollient is a combo of natural oils that helps with dryness and nasal sores. Ponaris helped me so much when my nose became raw while I was going through chemo for breast cancer (if your chemo makes your hair go, you even lose nose hairs and without those, natural moisture doesn't get swept back into the nose and down the throat and everything dries out; the chemo also thins the skin and you end up with a lot of raw spots inside there). Even though chemo was three years ago, these both have a permanent spot in my medicine cabinet. If I think I'm getting a sore throat, I'll give myself a few Xlear sprays down the throat several times a day as well as use it in my nose; often heads it off at the pass. They each run about $13 a bottle; I can find Xlear at Vitamin Sh*ppe and Ponaris at a local, non-chain pharmacy and online.

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@texasduchess I finally started using a backlog and the prepackaged salt,baking soda mix This has cleaned out my sinus but I don't use it everyday I'm going to ENT today for dizziness

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