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Severe anxiety from possible chronic illness (Hypochondria?)

AnthonyMG

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Hi everyone,

After giving it some thoughts with a new perspective, I think I have a different way to approach the problem which I would like to explore. If any of you can share an opinion, it would be very helpful now. The opinion is about which specialist should I visit in order to discard this possibility that I'm going to describe.

I think that one possibility is that I have a damaged nerve and that it may be the problem that causes the symptoms in the throat. The reason why I'm thinking about this possibility is because, to be honest, I can't be 100% sure that something got stuck in my throat in the first place. But there is something that I can be 100% sure and it's that when I had that meal a piece of the shellfish hard (and pointy as a nail) shell got stuck in my tongue, perforating it almost from one side to the other.

I then removed it very easily and instantaneously, had a lot of pain for a minute or so, then the pain was gone but it was exactly after this that I started feeling like something was not right in my throat. I assumed it was a foreign body (a piece of shell) because that was the most reasonable thing to assume. But after all this time (almost 6 months) and with no foreign body detected in the exams, I'm starting to consider that maybe that perforation of the tongue might have damaged a nerve that is connected to the throat and the symptoms could come from there.

So, I was thinking to go to a doctor with a different approach. This time I wouldn't even mention a foreign body in the throat. I would directly say:

I was having a meal and a pointy shark shell perforated my tongue. Right after that I started to feel like something was not right in my throat and it has been almost 6 months since then without any major improving. Then I would describe the symptoms (the way I already did a couple of times in this thread).


I think it would be important to check this possibility because some nerve damage is easier to reverse within the first 6 months. After that it may not be possible to reverse. And as I'm about to reach the 6 months mark, I don't want to run the risk of missing a chance to get a treatment, so I think I should visit a doctor with this approach just to be sure that I'm not missing out on this one.

So, the question is, which doctor should I make an appointment with?

Another otorhinolaryngologist?
A neurologist?
Or a neurosurgeon?


Thanks.

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Cuchculan

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Any doctor is better than no doctor. I agree with the post above. Go through your regular GP first. But nothing saying anything is even wrong. You use the word ' possible '. Which means it might not be anything bad at all.
 

AnthonyMG

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Possibly call your regular doctor and see which they suggest.
Thanks. That's a good advise, although while I wait for the appointment with the regular doctor (usually takes 2 to 3 weeks) and then waiting for the appointment with the specialist that the regular doctor will indicate me to, it will be more time than I would like to wait. That's why I'd prefer to go directly to the doctor that can discard (or confirm) that my problem could have something to do with a nerve damage.

Especially because time is important, as many nerve damage situations are reversible when treated in the first 6 months, which is the mark that I will reach in about 10 days.
Any doctor is better than no doctor. I agree with the post above. Go through your regular GP first. But nothing saying anything is even wrong. You use the word ' possible '. Which means it might not be anything bad at all.
Hi Cuchculan!

Thanks for your message and opinion. Unfortunately it's a fact that something is very wrong. If you read a bit of the discussion in the previous page of this thread, you'll see. The issue here is not wether there is something wrong or not. The issue is to find out what is wrong.

It could not be anything bad at all, as you say, but unfortunately it has been (the last 5 and a half months) the worst thing I've ever experienced in my life and I have nothing that can tell me that it is not bad and will one day go away.

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Well if that is the case, have it scope. Camera job. So they can have a look down your throat. See if there is any damage done to any one area. Anything that doesn't look right. With the camera, there are two doctors operating it. One on camera duty. They other uses like a small arm thing. Can move it about. Take samples. At least they would be able to see down your throat. What things look like.
 

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Hi again Cuchculan,

Thanks. I already did laryngoscopy but yes, an endoscopy of the upper tract with sedation, so that they can see everything with more detail, including the upper esophageal sphincter that is hard to see with the laryngoscopy, is one of the exams that I will probably perform within the next month or two.

Either way, today I was just looking for an answer to the question:

Which professional should one visit for the diagnosis of damaged nerves? A neurologist or a neurosurgeon?

Thanks again.

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Can you just message your doctor instead of waiting for an appointment? I can email them or now even make a telehealth visit remotely to talk to them and not do a face to face. If you just want a referral you may not need to see them in person.
 

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Hi Anthony,

I’m so sorry for your struggles and lack of support. I truly hope you can find peace, answers, and some relief no matter what it is you are facing.
 
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