I am a 30 year old male who lives a healthy lifestyle and drinks/smokes socially and no previous history of serious health issues.
I remember that this started around 3 months ago when one night my tonsils got very swollen and i had a hard time swallowing and also felt nauseated. At that time i did not visit a doctor and the swelling subsided after a few days.Since then i have had this feeling of tight throat on and off. Some times its more, others its less.
Around 3 weeks ago i visited an ENT who confirmed a swelling of my right tonsil and prescribed some anti-fungal and anti allergy pills. When i visited him again he noticed that the swelling got better but i mentioned that i had some pain on the right side of my throat, mostly when swallowing(slight pain). He prescribed antibiotics which didn't make much of a difference(I believe it was Fluconazole).
So, 3 months after, i have some sense of a tight throat and a little bit of throat pain that seems to get a little stronger at night and gets better during the day. Also, i have a constant feeling of needing to clear my throat from phlegm and i have had a runny nose since i can remember. Apart from that i have
1) no fever
2) no bumps outside my throat
3) no feeling of a lump in my throat when swallowing
4) i don't spit blood
5) no feeling of dizziness or fatique
6) no hoarse voice.
7) no ear pain.
When i check in the mirror i don't see my tonsils being swollen, hence my worry of it being something else.
I understand that i may be overreacting to think that this could be serious but when i called the ENT today and said the antibiotic didn't do anything, he mentioned that he believes its just stress and if i want to be 100% sure i should do an MRI.
I started thinking that this could be a form of cancer in its earliest stages. I don't consider myself to be a hypochondriac but its the first time in my life that a tight and sore throat has been going on for more than a few days or so.
I would appreciate any response from those who have faced a similar set of symptoms and what their opinion is.Also, i have scheduled a meeting with another ENT later today to get a second opinion.