Pain in upper throat/under chin while playing?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Domination3785, Jul 18, 2014.

  1. Domination3785

    Domination3785 Pianissimo User

    Apr 12, 2014
    Recently I have had a very large swollen gland under my chin. I was put on medicine for it and it went down quite a bit but is still present at the spot. Sometimes when I play, I experience pain in and around that area, as well as in my throat. Do you think this is relating to the swollen gland? Also, how can I relax my throat more when playing? Thanks!
  2. mgcoleman

    mgcoleman Mezzo Forte User

    Jun 22, 2010
    The doctor will be with you shortly.

    Seriously, there's several on here...I am sure they'll answer up.
  3. barliman2001

    barliman2001 Fortissimo User

    Jul 5, 2010
    Vienna, Austria, Europe
    If playing makes it painful, there is a connection. See a doctor NOW. And don't only see a GP, but an ENT specialist. These things can get serious overnight.

    Go now.
  4. salebow

    salebow New Friend

    Jul 10, 2014
    Edmond, OK
    Sounds like a swollen lymph node to me. What kind of medication did he put you on? Something like prednisone? That's a steroid and would help reduce inflammation. Perhaps an antibiotic, too?

    PS, I'm not a doctor, but I am a Registered Nurse. While I can't diagnose and prescribe medicine, I can give general what it might possibly be. Honestly, I would go see the doctor again. I won't speculate on anything further of what it could be, although I do have thoughts running in my head.
  5. Newell Post

    Newell Post Piano User

    Mar 31, 2014
    Silicon Valley
    Listen to barliman2001. ENT doc. Now. It might be something simple like a cyst, but it might be something worse.
  6. Domination3785

    Domination3785 Pianissimo User

    Apr 12, 2014
    This has lasted for quite a bit actually. It came on me within 2-3 hours and developed overnight back in January and I was then put on a Z-Pack for it. A month later, I was put on Augmenton for it. I plan on seeing my doctor next week. I was tested for Lyme disease and they ran a white blood cell count about 11 days ago too. Both came back ok.
  7. TrumpetMD

    TrumpetMD Fortissimo User

    Oct 22, 2008
    Hi Domination3785. Sorry to hear about your problem. You ask an important question. But it's a question no one here can answer.

    You said you are taking medicine for it, so I'm going to assume you've already seen a doctor.

    1) Did the doctor give you a diagnosis?

    2) Did the doctor give you expectations about healing time?

    If you are unsure about either of these questions, or if you feel it is not healing according to your expectations, then I'd go back to this doctor.

  8. Domination3785

    Domination3785 Pianissimo User

    Apr 12, 2014
    The doctor just chalked it up to a swollen gland. He said it should be better within a few days of medication, which happened. I would say it shrunk to about a fifth of the biggest size. It shrunk to a concealable size but is still present. I think I will schedule an appointment with him for next week just to play it safe.
  9. salebow

    salebow New Friend

    Jul 10, 2014
    Edmond, OK
    Im glad to hear you are taking steps to help alleviate it. Z-pack, short for azithromycin is good stuff. Augmenti. Works great for different types of bacterial infections. I'm not sure which one, though. I'm personally allergic to it because it has penicillin in it. Something you could try only if your Dr says is ok is to put warm packs on it. That is a prescribed treatment I have seen with patients before. I'm hoping all you have is a clogged lymph node which is part of your lymphatic system. Usually, they try with the least invasive treatment and see how you respond. They try to avoid doing things such as biopsy and lymph node removal if at all possible. It could be something else, too. Perhaps a cyst of some sort. It's really hard to say from a MSG board and not seeing you in person. Plus, I'm not a Dr, but am a RN. Does this area ever swell up and cause any difficulty breathing? If so, you want that taken care of pronto. Don't mess around with the respiratory system.

    hope it gets taken care of quickly!
  10. Peter McNeill

    Peter McNeill Utimate User

    Jan 30, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    If it is not better - see your Doc. If it does not get better, see another Doctor.

    Get it diagnosed and fixed.

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