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Worried about persistent throat and ear pain

25 Jul 2018 21:10

Hi I wondered if I could ask a bit of advice? I’ve had a persistent sore throat for a couple of months now, pain when swallowing, ear pain and some hoarseness. I am a teacher so I’ve suffered on and off with throat pain throughout the years but this time it hasn’t seemed to shift? I’ve seen my gp and practising nurses on several occasions, feeling like a nuisance! They said they could see no obvious causes in my throat or ears but one did prescribe me penicillin, which didn’t work. Another suggested trying antihistamines which also didn’t work. I’ve been back to my gp again today as it’s still not improving and I’ve also noticed some issues with swallowing, it feels a bit like I have something stuck in my throat at times or like a bubble of gas is stuck? I also have episodes of hiccups. I had an endoscopy 2 years ago which diagnosed a sliding hiatus hernia and I had an mri head and neck scan a couple of months ago as I have MS spots in my brain and cerebral spine. I take lansoprazole tablets daily for acid reflux due to the hernia but no medication for my MS at present. The GP today has now decided to refer me to ENT for a camera to check my throat. I’m glad he’s taking me seriously and checking things out, but am also a bit anxious too! He said it will be within 2 weeks. Can I just ask, would the MRI I had recently have shown up anything sinister or would they have been looking more at nerves etc for the MS? Also any advice re the symptoms I have been experiencing? I really would appreciate any input at all, and thank you so much for allowing me to share! 

Worried about persistent throat and ear pain

25 Jul 2018 22:39 in response to Debp73


you need to get this checked ASAP! These are symptoms my husband has, yesterday We was told he had cancer of the toncils, men in 50s and 60s are at the highest risk, please go back and get it checked, most cases it’s not cancer, but get it ruled out. Wishing you the best

Worried about persistent throat and ear pain

26 Jul 2018 06:36 in response to Rockmouse

Hi thanks for your reply, and I’m so sorry to hear about your husband’s diagnosis. I wish you and him all the very best. My GP has referred me to ENT so should be seen within the next 2 weeks. Thanks again for taking the time to reply. 


Worried about persistent throat and ear pain

26 Jul 2018 14:46 in response to Debp73

Hello Debp and thanks for your post

I'm sorry to learn about your situation.

I'm not sure if the MRI scan you had would have picked up any abnormality in the throat area. Your doctor is the best person to advise you on this. MRI scans are particularly useful for picking up abnormalities in the breast, heart and blood vessels ,brain and spinal cord, bones and joints,and internal organs such as the liver,womb or prostate cancer. 

You explained that you have a sliding hiatus hernia. This can cause some of the symptoms you are experiencing and you can read more about this on the NHS Choices website here. 

However ,when symptoms are persisting or are getting worse it's a good idea to have them checked out which you have done. It sounds like you will have another endoscopy.  As you know this is a thin tube with a camera and small instrument attached to it. It is used to look inside the body and take biopsies if necessary. There are many different types of endoscopy. Doctors can use these to look at different areas of the body such as the back of the mouth, throat and voicebox, lungs ,oesophagus and stomach.

I appreciate waiting to have tests and then waiting for the results is stressful. I hope you know more about your situation soon.

Kind regards,


Worried about persistent throat and ear pain

26 Jul 2018 15:56 in response to CRUK Nurse Celene

Thank you so much for your reply, it really was very helpful. I did think maybe the MRI wouldn’t show anything, but just hoped! Yes I still wonder if the symptoms could be GERD related, definitely worse when stressed and after eating certain foods. But like you say it’s best to get everything checked out and hopefully rule out other possibilities. The GP said it was likely to be the camera up the nose and down the throat, which I’ve had before a few years ago. Hopefully won’t be too long before getting called in. Many thanks again for taking the time to respond. All the best to you. 


Worried about persistent throat and ear pain

16 Oct 2018 18:28 in response to Debp73

Hey, I'm wondering if you have found anythong out as I've got the same symptoms. All the best. 

Worried about persistent throat and ear pain

17 Jan 2019 14:23 in response to Healthanxiety

hi there, 

I have similar issues and worries and mhy appointment seems to be taken too long to come. I am really worried about damaging my throat and my esophaegus so much that it becomes cancer. can anyone help?

Worried about persistent throat and ear pain

17 Jan 2019 14:41 in response to Debp73

Hi there,

i am in a smiliar situation and posted this morning as I am currently waiting results of a chest xray.

I have had a hoarse voice on and off for a couple months, feeling of something stuck in throat and throat clearing frequently.  I do alot of tlaking in my job and have two kids that i may occasionally raise my voice to!!!!

The doctor wasn't too concerned originally and i was started on omeprazole for ? silent reflux which i think has worked to some extenet.  However as it is ongoing i was referred for a chest x ray which i had on moday.  told results would take 7 - 10 days unless they saw something.  Anyway, i called my GP's this morning as instrucetd to be told i am down for a telephone consultaion so I am now thinking the worse.

If something is on the x ray i will be refrred appropriatley but if its clear he said it will be an urgent referral to ENT as they are red flag symptoms for some head and neck cancers.

I am terrifed and feeling very anxious but i guess if there is something wrong its better to know and get a treatment plan sorted.

I really hope you have a positive outcome from your referral, its so hard going through this and i think the not knowing and waiting for tests and results in some way is the hard part!!!


Worried about persistent throat and ear pain

3 Apr 2019 22:41 in response to Betsy1612

Hiya I’m experiencing the same symptoms, it’s driving me mad! No one believes me no one can help me.

I have a constant sore throat and pain in my ears.

always I’m always cold and my skin is purple.

Doctors thought I had lupus but all my bloods comeback normal. The only thing they can’t seem to control is my thyroid levels, I had my thyroid removed 10 years ago.

please someone help me 

Worried about persistent throat and ear pain

5 Apr 2019 11:57 in response to therb39

Hi and thanks for your post

This sounds very frustrating for you and I can imagine you're feeling fed up.

You mention that the doctors have problems stabilising your thyroid levels and one of the side effects of this can be always feeling cold.

I can't say what may be causing your sore throat and ear pain . I can imagine you have been a number of times to the GP with these symptoms. If the symptoms continue, the next step might be a referral to  ENT or further investigations. However, sometimes there are situations where doctors cannot get to the bottom of what's causing a persistent problem.

Do go back and have another chat with the GP to discuss your concerns.

All the best


Worried about persistent throat and ear pain

7 Apr 2019 14:20 in response to therb39



I have to been experiencing a sore throat on and off for a couple of months now. 

I had an awful cold a few months back with caused a clogged ear. I suffered for 3 weeks then went to the doctors and got a ear spray.

My ears were finally unclogged about 6-7weeks ago but the dull ear ache on and off persisted. I then got antibiotics a couple of weeks ago and if anything it's worse than before.

It's not excruciating but annoying and worrying along with the on and off sore throat. 

Can I ask has anyone else on here with symptoms got Almagam fillings.

I have have white patches on the inside of left cheek ask on the right side of my tongue, exactly opposite where I have the metal filling touching. This is mak9nh me think it's a reaction to the metal/mercury fillings. 

I have been waiting for a sedation  tooth extraction for the past 5  months as it got cancelled. It may be coincidence but all my symptoms got considerably worse since my dentist visit and clogged ear.

I'm not sure if any of its related but would love to know if anyone else suffering this symptoms is in the same situation.


Worried about persistent throat and ear pain

2 May 2019 10:29 in response to Debp73

Hello ,

I am having the same symptoms and I am terrified  and scared because of this . Did they manage to find the problem ? 

Thank you in advance 


Worried about persistent throat and ear pain

2 May 2019 10:48 in response to ash12345


gosh, me too, had my first chemo Friday, along with the Nausea etc, horrible ear ache, like pressure and heat, today a very sore throat.  All advice very welcome! Xx

Worried about persistent throat and ear pain

2 May 2019 15:05 in response to spangey


It sounds like you might be developing an ear infection.  Given that you have recently had chemotherapy and therefore your immune system might not be working properly you should contact the hospital for advice as soon as possible.

I hope that helps 


Worried about persistent throat and ear pain

2 May 2019 20:56 in response to Healthanxiety

Hi I’m so sorry for not replying sooner I’ve only just received a notification! 

I had my appointment with ent and had a camera up my nose and down into my throat. There was no signs of any disease or anything sinister at all to worry about. The consultant said there was a little inflammation that looked highly likely to have been caused by excess acid and reflux. 

I cried...and asked him several times to repeat there was nothing sinister. 

I hope you have the same positive outcome. 

Sending best wishes