as i recall your appointment with the ent was last week. he said your throat and nose were angry red. and you had a lot of drainage. You were also told your throat muscles were tight--or some muscles in the throat/neck area.
my "professional" opinion (professional is in quotes cuz I am not a pro, lol)------ allergies or sinus drainage can be a short affair or a long one. I always seem to have some level of the junk in my throat--at times it can be sore etc. How long for it to clear up? well I imagine if I was having a lot of stuff going on, I would be on an antihistamine (ie claritin, zyrtec) and decongestant (sudafed) exactly how the box read. If I could take nasal sprays (ie flonase), I would be on it too. Now since you were told muscles were tense, then I would look at that as the result of the "tension" you've built up thinking you had cancer. Likely this is the bulk of what is causing the pain.
How long would I deal with this before going back to the doc? Well IF
I was truly keeping up with the pills AND TRULY not going to the cancer scenario (basically allowing my mind/body calm down so that those muscles could relax too), I would give it a month. Then I *may* go back to the original ENT and tell him I'd been doing this, that and the other thing, and things just aren't any better. Then ask: are there any prescription level meds that may do a better job. I still wouldn't pull the cancer-fear card. Why? because fundamentally I don't think it is cancer.
yes I know this has been going on for a while, but I don't think you've been following my IF statement above----specifically the "not going to the cancer scenario".
naynay----really and truly I get problems with my right ear. Lately it has been fine. but I get a lot of stuffiness/plugupedness/popping etc. I don't think I would be exaggerating if I said it had some level of 'issues' 6 months to a year at a time. I think I have scarred up Eustachian tube from numerous ear infections as a kid. so I think that ear can have trouble draining. I also think that whenI am stressed that ear bothers me more.