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Old 03-31-2008, 02:12 PM   #1
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Canker sores, tonsil stones, scratchy throat, malaise, nausea - brushing helps?

Last week I developed some canker sores in my mouth which usually means I'm getting sick. Sure enough, after a few days, I felt a sore throat coming on, coupled with a bad taste in my mouth, nausea, and overall malaise. I also noticed some tonsil stones stuck in my tonsils -- those terribly foul white things. This is different from a cold in that I don't have a stuffy or runny nose, no cough, and no congestion. It's also different from a bacterial infection where my phlegm usually gets colored; my phlegm is clear in this case. I assume this is some sort of virus, but there are some strange bacteria-esque characteristics of this particular illness that I'd like to see if anyone can identify.

Specifically, I find that if I eat a meal and don't immediately brush, I end up with worse symptoms (bad taste, nausea, fatigue, weakness, malaise). For example, this morning I woke up feeling pretty good, ate breakfast, brushed directly after, felt fine. Then I went to work, ate lunch (a salad) but didn't brush, and slowly but surely I got a bad taste and ended up feeling really weak and nauseous and overall like crap. I just came home and immediately brushed, and although my throat is still scratchy, I do feel significantly better. Chewing mint gum kind of helps too. Weird right?

A few years ago, I had this exact set of symptoms which came and went for several months. Antibiotics would help initially but it'd come back as soon as I was finished. It was miserable. (I might also add that I suffer from anxiety and depression, and that doctors usually blame my symptoms on stress.) Eventually, one specialist told me to try no antibiotics, and within 2 weeks I was back to normal. She mentioned that my blood test revealed that I had a mycoplasma infection -- it sounded strange enough to remember it -- but then I read that mycoplasma infections came with coughs and congestion which I didn't and don't have.

For now I am going to stay off antibiotics and brush more frequently, but I have some questions. Can there really be a relationship between eating food and aggravating the symptoms? Am I feeding some bad bacteria in my mouth or something when I eat? One quirk I have that people have trouble believing is that raw onions and raw garlic cause me to get throat infections. If I go to sleep with a stubborn garlic/onion taste in my mouth -- the kind that doesn't go away even after you've brushed a million times -- then there's a good chance I'll wake up legitimately sick! Has anyone experienced this?

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