problems with ears or tonsils all the time, why do antibiotics always work?
Going to be very blunt here.. just I can't understand how this can be and/or if/why the recommended treatments are correct for my problems..
I'm 31 now; I can remember back in the days from grade school before to high school I'd had alot of ear infections, pneumonia only once, bronchitis a few times, notable but not chronic throat infections..
Then at 18 I spent 2.5 years in prison (selling coke, **** happens), not a single illness..
Then a couple years out of prison (which when BTW I went to college) nearly chronic tonsillitis, average 4 times a year that progressed to about 6 by my late 20's.. It hit a point when it seemed I was going 2 weeks on/off antibiotics (usually augumentin 800 2X-day)..
Then it just stopped and I went through two years of frequent ear infections.. Now back to throat infections again, ear infections seem to have stopped..
Have been to an ENT that said it wasn't worth getting my tonsils out, my primary care physician seems to skeptically agree (but did send me there)..
Every time it's the same thing, I come in with a nasty looking infection, they take a swab, it's never come back as strep, but prescribe antibiotics on the spot regardless. Within two days I feel 100% until next time.. even had a different doctor say "oh that's strep if I've ever seen it!" and it came back negative..
From the ENT my tonsils are quite large (ie walnut size normally) but reportedly otherwise look healthy, no sign of infection normally. Same doctor writes a script over the phone if I call in with a problem then sees me two weeks later (makes sense, but I thought antibiotics were only for bacteria?)..
My Doctor game me a script for a nasal spray, fluticasone propionate, which seems to help with ear infections if I use it when I feel stuffy..
Anyway, what is going on where antibiotics work 100% of the time in under 48 hours but it's never any common bacteria? Do they work on viruses at all or am I truly only getting bacterial infections or is this a placebo effect?
My dentist says my wisdom teeth, which are normal teeth but I've got none on the bottom will need to come out, saw an oral surgeon that stated there's no rush or problem yet. I'm wondering if maybe a cavity could be related..
Just as an FYI I do drink (quite a bit, probably 30 drinks per week) and smoke and (when I'm feeling 100%) use cocaine about 3 times per week, say a few hours 1/2 gram per night. The cocaine certainly can't help but with or without I see these problems (and I've attempted to blame it on the cocaine but **** happens regardless)..
Otherwise my medical history is high trigs (ie test on a bad day could yield 400), slightly high liver function at times my doctor states are drinking and/or high trigs.. nothing else has ever happened.
Any ideas what this is all about or if I should seek new health care providers/second-opinion etc..?