Dr. I have throat pain, hoarseness and an earache that won't go away. I do suffer from heartburn. Can the throat and ear pain be a result of GERD?
While it is not uncommon for gastroesophageal reflux disease to cause sore throat and hoarseness as well as ear pain and even ear infections, other more serious conditions need to be excluded. You can try maximizing treatment of acid reflux with twice a day proton pump inhibitors. If your symptoms resolve completely, then it is likely a result of gastroesophageal reflux. If however, they persist, then evaluation with an ear nose and throat physician to rule out throat cancer is recommended.
I have been taking Aciphex for acid reflux and have developed severe headaches. Can I try other proton pump inhibitors?
All of the proton pump inhibitors (Aciphex, Prevacid, Protonix, Nexium, Prilosec, Zegerid and Omeprazole) have about a 5% incidence of causing headaches. If one of the drugs causes headaches, it doesn't mean that th...
One of the most irritating things about breast cancer is the lack of certainty around treatment . I mean, you break your leg, you go to the hospital, they set it, put on a cast, give you a pair of crutches, and off you go. Got a sore throat? If the strep test is positive, you’re sent out the door with a prescription for antibiotics. The only thing you need to decide on is CVS or Rite Aid. But if you’re diagnosed with breast cancer, the path is never straight. Right out of the starting gate, you’re given an option: lumpectomy, or mastectomy? Decide. The oncologist and surgeon could suddenly pass for professional poker players, their faces revealing nothing. Do you save your breast and roll the dice with a lumpectomy, hope if they get clean margins that they’re REALLY clean, and then trust that radiation mops up any surviving cancer cells? Or do you opt for a mastectomy, get rid of all the cancer by getting rid of all the breast tissue… and lose your breast...
<p><strong>What is Oral Cancer?</strong></p>
<p>Oral cancer is a growth of malignant cells in any part of the oral cavity, which includes the lips, tongue, hard and soft palates, salivary glands, lining of the cheeks, floor of the mouth or under the tongue, gums, and teeth. It is often discussed with oropharyngeal cancer, which pertains to cancer of the throat area at the back of the mouth.</p>
<p>The most common site is the lip, followed by the tongue and then other locations. Symptoms vary depending on the location of the cancer but usually include ulcerations that are initially painless. Bleeding may or may not occur. In more advanced stages, the cancer spreads.</p>
<p>Treatment depends on the location and stage of the malignancy and the age and overall health of the patient, but it usually involves surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or both all three. Prognosis is good if the cancer is detected and treated before it h...
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