My daughter went to the hospital this morning. She has a lump at the base of her throat that is about 3-4 inches round and raised up about an inch. It is red and very painful. She showed me this lump and it scared me when I saw it. I knew that where it was at it could be a number of things, none of which is pleasant. The pain finally made her go. No insurance is what was keeping her from going and doing anything.
After a bit the doctor said that he believes it to be a cyst but needed to make sure. He ordered blood work and a cat scan with contrast. The cat scan showed a mass that was not attached to anything! I was worried that her thyroid might be involved. It is a cyst that is not liquid filled. He said it is filled with a cottage cheese type fluid that is unable to be drained. It will require surgery to remove it. He gave her some antibiotics to take and thankfully it only cost $2.63 at Walmart to fill. He gave her the name of a surgeon but I don't see it happening anytime soon. She cannot afford to pay to get it done. She has no insurance and cannot get any government help because of her past.
The doctor said that the cyst could have been developing since she was 3 years old when she had to have her neck and throat operated on. That it could have been caused by an air pocket in the tissues around the incision or it could have been caused by an in-grown hair! He believes that the most likely cause is the surgery even though it was 25 years ago when she had it.
I don't know what she will do. She is worried. He told her no it is not cancer but that it has to come out. It can cause problems. I am going to look around and see what I can find.