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Help this hypochondriac prepare for doctor visit

Maybe more obsessive-over-thinker than hypochondriac. Woke up with an unexpectedly hoarse voice and bit of a sore throat. After eating today, I went to spit up some phlegm, and it *hurt*, and a fair amount of blood came up with the phlegm. All the non-gross stuff is behind the cut. [more inside]
posted by colin_l on Aug 10, 2014 - 7 answers

I get sore throats all of the time... is this worth a trip to the doc?

Lately, I seem to have at least one day every week in which I have a sore throat and generally feel under the weather. I take it easy that day and am usually back to normal the next, but I don't think it is normal to be getting sore throats so often. I eat well, take vitamins/fish oil and exercise, but I do know that I am getting very poor, broken sleep due to stress lately - maybe 5 or so hours - though I get good sleep some nights. Is this worth going to the doctor, or could poor sleep really make you feel bad this often?
posted by Kamelot123 on Aug 3, 2014 - 14 answers

YANMD, But Is It Worth Finding One?

I am sick on vacation and need to decide if it's necessary to see a doctor. [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues on Mar 12, 2014 - 25 answers

Sudden sore throat and lost voice. Make it not hurt!

I woke up Friday with a sore throat that quickly escalated to a painful cough and lost voice. What can I do to make the coughing, my lungs, and my ribs no hurt so much? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Aug 24, 2013 - 14 answers

I basically cannot get down with the sickness.

Help! I'm starting my new job tomorrow and I think I'm getting sick. YANMD. [more inside]
posted by woodvine on Feb 3, 2013 - 18 answers

Food suggestions for a sore throat

Okay, this is a bad time to be without money and there's nothing I can really do to change that immediately. I am on assistance. I have food stamps that can buy only food stuff. Because of last minute car repairs and things like extra gas for appointments that I couldn't miss with government agencies, I have zero on the cash assistance (non-food side of food stamps). I slowly developed a cold today. It's just a cold. Sore throat, coughing, running nose and headache. I have Tylenol for the headache, but my throat is killing me and coughing keeps adding to the burn. There's no money for non-food cough/throat stuff. No cough drops or meds. What can I buy that is a food item that can make my throat feel less like it's been scraped with a brillo pad with each cough. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 21, 2012 - 49 answers

Thanks, Kid.

Revolting Pregnancy Stuff Filter: Stomach acid has ripped my throat to shreds and I need some easy home remedies to soothe the burn. [more inside]
posted by Jilder on Dec 7, 2012 - 22 answers

Before I go under the knife, maybe I could go under the salt water gargles?

What did you do without removing your tonsils that helped reduce the frequency of your bouts of tonsillitis? [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Jan 3, 2012 - 16 answers

Not My Doctor Filter

Do I just have a lingering cold or could there be something else wrong with me? Also why are my tonsils gray? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on Dec 30, 2011 - 8 answers

what do I have?

Sore throat, no fever, what do I have? [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost on Nov 17, 2011 - 17 answers

I guess it's better than a 100% sore throat, but...

Sore throat...on only one side? [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Nov 4, 2011 - 25 answers

Mystery Illness Strikes U Household

What did I and my kids just recover from? [more inside]
posted by DU on Sep 28, 2011 - 22 answers

I always have phlegm.

I can't seem to get rid of my phlegm. For a couple of months now, I tend to always clear my throat because there's phlegm in there and sometimes its easy to expel it, sometimes I will have a hard time as it's sticky. It gets really sticky especially in the morning upon waking up. Also, two weeks ago, I had an episode of blood spots in my phlegm, I had sore throat then and I was eating a spicy meal. At times, again, especially in the morning, some of the phlegm is dark. What's wrong with my throat and what can I do to stop it? [more inside]
posted by LittleMissItneg on May 28, 2011 - 14 answers

To gargle, or not to gargle

Can prudent gargling make a sore throat worse? [more inside]
posted by Mertonian on Mar 8, 2011 - 13 answers

Unexplained sore throat that won't go away

Extremely sore throat for last four days. Not strep. No other cold/flu symptoms. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by Wroksie on Feb 25, 2011 - 30 answers

Please help me alleviate my sore throat pain

What do you do to help your sore throat feel better? [more inside]
posted by katemcd on Oct 28, 2009 - 49 answers

Symptomatic

YANMD: After two days lying in bed, the fever has stopped, I no longer have chills, and I think I can get up and walk around. But now I have searing pain in the back of my throat - much worse than it was before. What's going on?
posted by puckish on Apr 15, 2009 - 16 answers

Can my toothpaste be causing my sore throats?

Can my toothpaste be causing my sore throats? [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay on Mar 23, 2009 - 7 answers

Spit or swallow?

Is swallowing (just a tiny bit) of mouthwash a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by dnesan on Feb 25, 2009 - 19 answers

The FluMist gave me the flu. But for how long?

I believe I am having an adverse reaction to the FluMist. How long can I expect to feel like complete crap? [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Sep 13, 2008 - 11 answers

How to prevent tonsilloliths without surgery?

How do I prevent tonsil stones (tonsilloliths) without removing my tonsils? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 26, 2008 - 16 answers

Why do I get canker sores preceeded by a sore throat?

Why do I get canker sores preceded by a sore throat? [more inside]
posted by champthom on Oct 4, 2007 - 16 answers

My head is empy of mangoes. Am I still gonna be a genius anyway?

I ate a piece of mango, and now my throat is terribly sore. What happened? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Aug 4, 2007 - 24 answers

Several day long allergic sore throat -- problem?

I've had a stuffy nose, post-nasal drip, and consequent sore throat -- all due, I think to an allergy. It's taking several days to clear up, and clearing up very slowly. Should I be seeing a doctor about this? [more inside]
posted by Malad on Apr 10, 2007 - 16 answers

In sickness, there is no health.

Ugh. I just came down with a cold yesterday. Now I have a sore throat and, curiously, a rash on my throat... [more inside]
posted by state fxn on Aug 21, 2005 - 11 answers

Yeeaaarrrgghhhh

Strep throat pain remedies -- homemade or medically-sanctioned, I care not. I've never been woken up by throat pain before, and the doctor is still 6 hours away. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by symphonik on Apr 7, 2005 - 19 answers

Sore Throat

Sore throat. Uh-oh. My throat started getting sore yesterday around 3. Professionally, I need to be able to speak for the next three days (as I'm instructing a class all day long.) I already drink *tons* of water when I speak. What other things can I do?
posted by filmgeek on Dec 1, 2004 - 23 answers

How can I prevent bronchitis?

SickFilter:
If you caught a cold this week
and hacked and sneezed and lacked some sleep
And when you talk you simply squeak —
How do you ward off bronchitis? [more inside]
posted by Happydaz on Oct 22, 2004 - 9 answers

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