I've been having pain in my throat for the past few days due to (assuming) post-nasal drip. The throat feels sort of strained and discomfort. It's not really painful, more annoying than anything. That said, I don't have hoarseness or coughing, I just try to get the phlegm out from the back of my throat by making that "meh nasty sound" to get the phlegm out and 98% of the time there is no blood with the phlegm, if there is any small traces it's due to ruptured capillaries in the sinus cavities usually in the morning.
I've had neck and shoulder strain as well that I believe is related to something else, last Thursday I was laying down and my arm was behind my back "under my body" I twisted a bit and a few minutes later I felt slight muscle tension in my collarbone area.. now a week later I find my Trapezium and Shoulder can cause some discomfort, logically I believe it's due to the incident that happened.
My Health Anxiety however is SCREAMING Lung Cancer and/or Throat Cancer.
I read online a man had just one symptom, post nasal drip then found out he had throat cancer. I hate reading stories like that. I'm 33 years old, I haven't smoked in 7 years (smoked from 16/17 to 26 years old) - I pretty much never drink, unless it's an occasion and even then it's moderation. I don't have a family history with cancer or that type of cancer for that matter.
I just never had a flare up of this sort before, I do have some allergy issues that I suppose can be related to it being summer time. I have no itchy eyes or coughing, very little sneezing. My symptoms are essentially the throat discomfort, getting phlegm out and the neck/shoulder pain I experience.
As far as breathing, I go up and down stairs a lot, I'm always mobile at work - when I lift anything heavy or any activity I don't feel out of breath or anything. I feel as far as breathing goes, I'm okay. But I will say my breathe sometimes can take on a foul smell - I'm assuming this is due to the sinus post-nasal drip thats causing the throat soreness. "no coughing or hoarseness"..
I would have gone to the doctor by now to rule out anything serious, but it cost me a lot of money to get an evaluation due to not having insurance. So when I go to the doctor I want to be certain it's because its a legitimate cause for concern and not my anxiety freaking me out. Too many times in the past I've been wrong about my cancer fears, I've been wrong over and over.. times in the past I've spent that money because I was almost certain.. I really can't afford to throw away money like that.
So can post-nasal drip and even perhaps along with allergy's cause this throat issue?..
Thanks for reading everyone, I hope your day is treating you well.