I've had a sore throat when I wake up in the morning for a while now (at least 2-3 weeks) and also have had what I think is PND (post nasal drip) for about as long (or longer, not sure). The sore throat seems to go away after a little while in the morning and doesn't really bother me during the day, but I still have PND I think and feel the need to clear my throat/swallow a lot during the day. In the course of feeling my neck for any swollen lymph nodes as a sign of perhaps the flu/etc, I felt a lump on the side of my larynx. It feels kind of like a very hard ball and is more towards the middle of the neck (have to push in a little to feel it). I feel something similiar on the other side, but it's not as pronounced, and seems like it's more "buried" inside the neck (e.g. I have to push in further to feel it). It also feels like perhaps the side with the more noticable bump is further "out" both laterally (more to the right) and forward (away from the front of my body). I *think* this might be the first cartilage ridge on the larynx, but I'm not sure. It might be the kind of V shaped cartilage at the top of the larynx, in which case the one side feels like it has more of a rounded edge towards the outter/top edge of the "V", something like: '\/* Hehe forgive my poor ascii art skills Is it normal to have this kind of slight non-symmetry? I don't want to jump to conclusions about throat cancer of course, but I'm curious if this is normal anatomy or not (hopefully I've explained it well enough). I was a smoker from about 18 to 23 (about a pack a day) and have now been tobacco free for about 3 years now. I'd appreciate some comments. I'm going to visit my doctor to see about the sore throat in the morning and PND and I'll ask him about the neck as well and have him feel it, but just curious if others have felt this sort of difference on one side than the other.