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Old 06-15-2013, 07:27 PM   #1
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Help, bad throat pain? Is this a abscess infection?

for the past 2 days, my throat has been really hurting on the bottom of the neck. where you feel the indentation or little hole. the pain come and goes and i drink lots of warm water. i gargle with salt water but the pain always comes back. im not sure if its a strep throat or a sore throat because i dont have any of the symptoms but its hard for me to get it checked out because i dont have health insurance and i dont know if it will cost money to get it tested. why is there pain at the bottom of my throat? also, when i look back there, the tonsils seems normal. its not inflamed or anything. but i heard it can be a abscess in my tonsils called peritonsillar abscess. it has the symptoms that i have but i dont have any of the other ones like swollen lymph nodes.
im worried, should i wait for a few more days to see if it gets worse? im afraid its something serious and i need to go to the doctor asap

 
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:48 PM   #2
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Re: Help, bad throat pain? Is this a abscess infection?

It could be that your thyroid gland is inflamed. If it is tender or hurts to press on your neck on the outside, as opposed to hurting on the inside when you swallow, it is probably your thyroid. You might try taking OTC anti-inflammatories like Naproxen twice a day. If it hurts when you swallow inside or you get fever, you should have it checked now. If this lasts longer than 2-3 weeks, I would try to get in to see your Dr and get anti-thyroid antibodies checked.

 
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Re: Help, bad throat pain? Is this a abscess infection?

hi there, thanks for the reply! and i have both symptoms where sometimes it hurts when i press on it on the outside and it hurts a bit when i swallow too. do you also think it could just be a sore throat even though im not sick?

 
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:55 AM   #4
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Re: Help, bad throat pain? Is this a abscess infection?

Sounds more like an inflamed thyroid. I would try the anti-inflammatories and get in to see your Dr. if it persists.

 
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Re: Help, bad throat pain? Is this a abscess infection?

okay thank you. im not sure but the pain come and goes. sometimes it doesnt hurt for a whole day and it makes me think that it went away

 
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:46 PM   #6
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Re: Help, bad throat pain? Is this a abscess infection?

That is characteristic of autoimmune disorders, which most cases of thyroiditis are, Hashimoto's.

 
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Re: Help, bad throat pain? Is this a abscess infection?

I see. well how likely it is that I have that? i believe its called thyroiditis? I dont have any other of the symptoms of that illness. I just have this bad pain in the bottom of my throat

 
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Re: Help, bad throat pain? Is this a abscess infection?

Very likely. Extremely common esp in women. No other symptoms are present initally. Some people get hyperthyroid early on, but eventually hypothyroidism develops. That may take a couple of years, but it is good to know what it is so you can monitor it and treat what you can.

 
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Re: Help, bad throat pain? Is this a abscess infection?

i see, welll its hard for me to see a doctor right now because im staying at a relatives house. but if it's that serious, then maybe I should go get it checked out at a health clinic. do you think its serious enough? or will i be able to wait another week?

 
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Re: Help, bad throat pain? Is this a abscess infection?

You can certainly wait a week or longer as long as this feels different than your typical sore throat, like strep throat or tonsillitis. The thyroiditis will persist but is not an emergency. I would take some Naproxen twice a day if you can just to reduce the inflammation and discomfort.

 
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:21 PM   #11
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Re: Help, bad throat pain? Is this a abscess infection?

Oh okay then. I was thinking of calling a ENT specialist, ( ear, nose, throat) and ask if i can have a consultation to see what it might be and how to treat it. i dont know if i can wait the whole week because when it hurts, sometimes its sharp pain

 
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