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worried sick 11
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   Posted 5/21/2013 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had the feeling under my adams apple of a lump sensation for little over a month:( went to the doctors and they seem to think allergies/gerd. I'm so scared it is cancer or something. I've been stressed so bad over it. doc put me on antidepressant and wants me to get thyroid checked because of other symptoms ive had. then wants me to come back in 3 weeks to go over results of thyroid and if lump sensation still there he will send me to ent. I don't know what to do!! Its all i focus on and im gogling constantly:( PLEASE HELP!!!

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   Posted 5/21/2013 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi worried sick 11 Please do yourself a favour and go and have a cat scan of the area. You'll need a referal from your GP. I had a cat scan and I only had a syst on the thyroid...not a problem, very common to have these.....a lot of people in the older age bracket especially have these. Please don't live in fear any longer...go check it out!


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   Posted 5/21/2013 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi worried sick,
Welcome to Healing Well!  You've chosen a perfect name...you're making yourself sick with worry, which isn't helping you.  Many who have throat symptoms worry about cancer, but that is highly unlikely.  You're doing the right thing.  You've seen a doctor, and the doctor has a plan for you.  He/she will not allow cancer to go undetected.  You have a symptom that is real.  Your anxiety is making that symptom much worse. 
Often people with reflux/GERD get throat irritation that can create a lump in the throat sensation.  There are many very benign causes of that sensation, and the vast majority are no a bit serious.  Right now your anxiety is causing you to focus on the sensation even more, which makes it more noticeable.
I know it's hard, but try to relax and let your doctors take care of you.  You're doing the right thing.  Now sit back and wait for testing results.  Stay off the internet...searching for information of your symptoms is only going to increase your anxiety. 
You said you don't know what to do.  There's really nothing for you to do right now.  You've started the process of medical care, and now all you have to do to take care of yourself is follow through with your appointments, etc. 
I just put some great health anxiety self-help information on our Resources thread.  Why not check them out.  They may help you deal with your anxiety as you work through the medical testing process.  I couldn't get most of the links to work, so you'll have to copy and paste the links into your web browser window.  Take a look at the resources...hopefully they can help you keep from worrying yourself sick!  Here's the link to resources:
Scroll down the page until you reach the "Health Anxiety" section. 
Hang in there!  Glad you've joined the forum!
Take care,
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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

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   Posted 5/22/2013 4:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi worried sick

I have the lump sensation too, it is a very common symptom of gerd so try to take some comfort that probably over half the people on this board have the same symptom as you, and none of us have cancer.

As someone who has suffered from anxiety pretty severely in the past I understand how difficult it is. Your mind will not allow you to focus on anything else, and breaking that cycle is hard work, and its a GRADUAL process, but believe me it is possible. I have done it, and if I can do it then anyone can. Ask your doctor about cognitive behaviour therapy, which will take you through and explain how to break the cycles you get yourself into. Anti-depressents will help to keep you calm but you should also try relaxation exercises several times a day, I still do these as they help with a whole range of mental and physical conditions.

The biggest advice I can give is dont try to ignore or fight your anxiety. It wont let you. Your brain is instinctly designed to survive and it perceives (correctly) that there is something wrong.

What you need to learn is how to regain control of the anxiety. Even embrace the anxiety, remember that its just trying to help you but you need to reassure it that you are taking steps to deal with what its worried about (I found it helped to personify my anxetiy :p)

That means you acknowledge when an anxious thought comes to your head, you plan out how you are going to deal with the problem (e.g. go to the doctor, or wait for the result of this test etc) and then let it go. Your mind will want to obsess about it, but you just remind yourself of that short term step you are taking to address it and then refocus your attention on something else.

Initially you will find it very hard to concentrate and even enjoy things. Thats normal, and it only gets better gradually. You just need to carry on with your life, almost forcing yourself to (within reason) and you gradually start to get back into it. Start by inviting a friend around for a drink, and ask them to ignore you if you start to talk about your medical conditions and change the subject. You should feel a little better afterwards and you may even find for split seconds you forget all about your anxiety. Initially you will get anxious that you have not been worrying! thats normal, remember your mind WANTS to worry, it is your survival instinct, worrying makes us prepared, helps us avoid danger, it is essential to survival. But often it can take over our life and thats when we need to take back control of it.

I used to have a worry time every morning, that is when I would allow myself to worry as much as I wanted to. I would write down all the things I was worried about, and then what (if anything) I could do about it. Id then plan in when I was going to do it. Then for the rest of the day when these worries came to my mind, I would remind myself of what I was doing to address them and let them go. Its really hard at first but it does get easier.

Also anti-depressents take a long time to build up in your system, I only noticed any sort of improvement from them after about 1-2 months, and it was several months before I felt like 'wow these really do help'. So dont expect miracles from them, but they do help so keep taking them. Side effects are minimal especially long term. I dont think Ill ever want to come off them.

Post Edited (Andy1986) : 5/22/2013 3:29:42 AM (GMT-6)

worried sick 11
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   Posted 5/22/2013 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your support and advice!! I will take it:) I truly appreciate it:) I have always been a worrier. Not good I know. It sure is hard not knowing what exactly this lump is from and today I have lots of mucus in my throat and i'm doing lots of throat clearing. This isnt the first time. I did have my blood drawn to check my thyroid. That was for other symptoms ive been having. Ive been taking prilosec otc but doesnt seem to be helping the lump?
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