Unexplained sore throat that won't go away
February 25, 2011 9:59 AM Subscribe
Extremely sore throat for last four days. Not strep. No other cold/flu symptoms. What is going on?
posted by Wroksie to health & fitness (30 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I went to the doctor, she looked at my throat and said it looked normal - not red or irritated. Declined to give me a strep test because she said there would be visible irritation at least. She seemed pretty dismissive, actually. Gave me a course of amoxicillin "just in case". Told me that if it wasn't better in two weeks (!!!) to come back. I really don't think I can put up with this for another two weeks, it's EXTREMELY painful - as in I have to mentally psych myself up every time I need to swallow.
It's a deep, muscular pain on either side of my throat where my tonsils used to be (they were removed when I was a kid) and I can sort of feel it in my eustachian tube area as well. Paracetamol and Ibuprofen don't touch it, the only thing that seems to help for a few minutes is force myself to chug a glass of ice cold water. In the morning when I wake up I am literally in tears, it hurts so bad. I've been surviving on soup and smoothies but to be honest I don't even feel hungry because even soup or smoothies are so painful to swallow. I'm making sure not to get dehydrated though.
So what could this be if it's not strep or a viral infection? What other tests or treatment should I insist on? Or should I just keep suffering and hope for the best?