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Post Biopsy pain and ? Infection, any advice?

Bluebird6
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My husband had biopsies of the base of tongue tumour a week last Friday so is day 12 now but he seems to be more sore than he was and asking for softer food again, he’s been following the advice they gave him re pain killers and salt water rinses but I’m worried he may be getting an infection. 

We are a bit between everything at present as he doesn’t get the formal follow up results appointment till the 18th and the go says the hospital have taken over now. 

Did nyone else experience anything like this at this point , all advice welcome, 

L

LindaWT
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Hi Lesley

My throat was definitely more sore after the biopsy.   In fact, I remember saying to my husband it felt like they'd unleashed a demon.

If you're at all concerned do get in touch with the hospital.

Thinking of you.

Linda

Bluebird6
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Hi Linda

thank you, awful for you to go thru but reassuring in and odd way to know it’s perhaps not an unusual experience at this stage. I’m giving him some brufen now and we will see how he goes. 

L

RadioactiveRaz
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Hi Bluebird 6 I was advised to gargle with dissolving aspirin dont swallow the aspirin solution just gargle and spit out seem to remember buying them from chemist and was 3 in like warm water .

good luck with meetings let the site know how you get in. Remember there’s a bunch of us in here who have Ben there and done it and llived  to tell the tale.

Hazel x.

RadioactiveRaz 

Bluebird6
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Hi Hazel

Thank you on both counts, I will get some Aspirin and get him to try that. 

Will definitely report back when we have the full details, I’m just afraid about how long it’s all taking and the damn thing in his neck is growing and visibly bigger now than a few weeks ago. Can’t believe we still have another week to wait and then presumably more waiting for start of treatment. 

Thank you for the support 

L

madaboutmutts
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Hi Lesley

I sympathise my husband's biopsy site is getting more sore by the day - more than the tonsillectomy site. He is also only able to eat soft foods.

B

Bluebird6
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Hi B

Thank you, it’s useful to know that although I wouldn’t want anyone else to suffer as well. It’s so hard isn’t it!

lets hope this week goes quick and they both get a bit of relief from the pain.

thank you 

L