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mumps or tumour? - November 8th 2010, 10:41 PM

I've got a sore throat over the last couple of days. Not an inflammation but its hard to swallow.

I can feel it above my thyroid cartilage and below my hyoid bone. Its developed over the last 3 or 4 days and today is the worst.

I'm paranoid that my thyroid cartilage is sticking out more than usual. But I think its me just worrying that there's a tumour. I can clearly feel the little bulge....and I'm almost poitive I felt that in a medical module.

I am so worried its a tumour...and I've only been back smoking cigarettes properly since January having quit for 2 years.

I called home, because my mother is a nurse, but she wasn't home. I spoke to my father who was a theatre technician and he reckons its mumps - the discomfort is at the back of my thyroid cartilage, but I haven't felt really sick at all. I had a slight headache, but I have felt really hot at certain times...I had to leave a lecture to get some fresh air today. But the only problem is that I've felt is swallowing.

The back of my throat has swollen up.

I'm a bit of a hypochondriac so I naturally assume its a tumour. My father, for all he knows, reckons its mumps. I'm just worried about the cartilage sticking out that is in all probability and liklihood exactly how its always been and I've only ever bothered to feel all around it now - I mean I didn't even recognise it as cartilage (and I studied this), I thought it was a tumour!

I've kind of relaxed myself by seeing the back of my throat (behind my tongue) has swollen up, so its all just probably swollen glands.

But it is a very light form of mumps, right? My father said that people can have very mild versions of it - and the scariest thing for me is that I very rarely get sick. I haven't had a cold in a couple of years, so when something really uncomfortable like this happens and its not a result of sport I get worried quickly.

I also can't go to a doctor. I can't afford it and I haven't been to one since I was about 7, so I'm really anti-other people looking after me. But bottom line is I can't afford it and don't want to have to take the loan from the Student Union when its only mumps.
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Re: mumps or tumour? - November 8th 2010, 10:48 PM

Right. EITHER way you HAVE to go to a doctor. Even if its just mumps, it can leave males infertile, so if you want the chance to have kids in later life, forget the money costs a minute and GO!

I have had mumps and it is what you describe, a sore throat and a small nodule at the back... the doctor will take a swab test to confirm this.

Is there no way that your family could help with the cost for this, since it really is vital you seek medical help.
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Re: mumps or tumour? - November 9th 2010, 12:38 AM


But seriously, it's probably just mumps. You should def get it checked out anyway though.
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Re: mumps or tumour? - November 9th 2010, 06:27 PM

I know you say you can't afford it, but when it comes to your health, you need to find the money. It won't matter about money if somethings wrong and you don't live past it! So it's always important that you put your health first.

Also, we are not doctors. And we can't officially diagnose you. Both mumps and tumours in the throat could potentially have the same obvious symptoms, but none of us a trained to diagnose that. So you could have something serious wrong, but it might be okay. But you do need to see a doctor.

If it is something serious, it's best to just catch it early. Then something could be done about it, but if you wait too long, it might be too late.

Take care.

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Re: mumps or tumour? - November 9th 2010, 08:33 PM

Hey there,

I'm going to agree with what everyone else has said, you really do need to see a doctor. What's most important to you? Your life or your money? That's really what it comes down to.

We're not medical professionals, so nobody here can tell you whether it's mumps or a tumour.

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Re: mumps or tumour? - November 9th 2010, 11:47 PM

I wouldn't have thought it was a tumour, but very possibly your neck glands are swollen, probably because they are fighting some form of infection. The only way to know is to see your doctor. As for mumps, again - consult your doctor
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