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I'm 17, female, and have been suffering since June, with NO answers. after hearing about my worries every day, my Mother won't take anything I say seriously, and brushes aside any of my health concerns as paranoia. I'm stressed and anxious every day and it's torture.
Since June, I've been having a lot of throat discomfort. I happened to have screamed rather loudly one day and ended up feeling as if my throat had a lump in it. This has happened before when I sang too much or over exerted my voice so I wasn't too worried. However, the feeling of something stuck in my throat was worse than usual, and the discomfort would not go away all the way till September. Doctors suspected GERD, and when I took the medication prescribed, it did help, but I ended up being allergic to the medicine. I did make efforts to not aggravate it, such as trying to control my acid reflux by eating smaller meals, etc, and one day it just suddenly seemed to get better and I was not bothered for a few weeks.
Recently however, it started hurting again. This time it is less of a "lump"-like feeling, and more pain. Occasionally there would be spontaneous and sudden throbbing pain in my throat, a weird pressure around my collar and breastbone. Constantly it feels like there's some weird subtle pain that feels like pressure, it's hard to describe. I do kinda feel something down Low in my throat, almost feels like liquid perhaps, and I can feel it rise up and down, and it creates a very full and pressured kind of feeling between my collar bones. I've also experienced neck pains that lie more to the front left and right side of my neck rather than just the center now. There's a new kind of pain, almost like there's a string being pulled tied and someone's tugging on it, and it's so hard to deal with it. I do feel a kind of burning occasionally, almost so much so that it feels cold.
i at my throat using a light and a mirror and noticed very tiny (pea sized) bumps along my tonsil area that are flesh coloured. Upon closer inspection, the back of my throat seems to have a few as well.
I'd also like to add that I've been feeling pain all over my body since June as well. It is a sudden very "targetted" pain in one specific spot in multiple places. Most commonly my back, various areas of my abdomen, my breasts and the ocassional arm and leg pain. My rib happens to hurt as well as my left armpit recently.
For the back, it does help to massage and rub it roughly, but I've never had these problems before and it feels like all these problems are coming all at once.
Doctors keep saying its GERD, but is it really possible that one stupid disorder is ruining my life completely? I've researched so much and have yet to see someone else with GERD like me. My symptoms end up with websites saying that I have cancer. I'm terrified, and I don't have the financial means to visit a specialist (I'm not old enough to be financially independent as well), and I can't turn to my parents for help. Help????
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