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    Old 02-20-2006, 04:16 AM   #1
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    Angry Sore throat for almost 1 month now


    I am a 24 year old male and I seem to have a problem with my throat from time to time. I have had a sore throat for almost a month now. It started with a severe cold. That cleared up in about 1 week, but the sore throat came back a few days later and has persisted ever since. I have no other cold symptoms now. I would say the pain is rather severe, similar to the sore throat you would have at the worst point of a cold or flu. The pain seems to extend down into my throat at times, and sometimes even seems to involve the soft pallate in my mouth. It is typically only painful at night or in the early morning and oddy enough, the pain seems to switch sides almost daily. Its never my entire throat.. One day the pain is very clearly on the left side, other days it is clearly on the right side. It also seems to involve my ears / eustachian tubes, because my ears often click when i swollow.

    I was recently treated for an ear infection with a z-pack (antibiotic). This ear infection happened after the initial onset of the sore throat / swelling.

    When looking into the back of my throat, I can see that my airway is VERY much smaller than it normally would be (swelling) and it appears to be from my tonsils. I also notice sometimes that there can be a white patch on one side, and tonight i noticed a somewhat red / bloody spot on the other side. I was in the ER recently for heart problems and they did a strep test, but it was not my normal hospital and I have a feeling that even if it were positive, I would not have heard about it.

    The other problem, (and this has happened before) is that when this swelling occurrs, i develope very bad snoring / sleep apnia problems which seems to only irritate my throat even more. About 2 years ago this same sore throat problem happened, and I developed sleep apnia to the point of being prescribed a sleep study a was given a CPAP. My doctor refused to even acknowledge that it might be my sore throat. When the throat issue cleared up on its own, the snoring and apnia went away immediatly. I had kaiser at the time and i switched and had to give the CPAP back. That was ok though because i no longer had a problem.

    Now that my throat is sore and swollen again, I am back to the sleeping issues and I havnt had a good nights sleep in about 3 weeks. i wake up groggy and tired every day. Im depressed and quite frankly very zombie like.

    No one ever seems to believe me that there is something wrong with my throat. Im going to try to make an appoinement tomorrow to be seen AGAIN. I have never seen an ENT specialist about this.

    At this point im very worried about rheumatic fever as result of untreated strep, as I already have some serious heart issues.

    Any thoughts? Would a tonsillectomy be a possible solution? More antibiotics?

    I should probably also note that i quit smoking about 3 weeks ago too. i dont know if that could have anything to do with it. i hear that there can be some rough complications in your throat and lungs at first.

    Thanks for reading! Im desperate.

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    Old 03-02-2006, 06:50 PM   #2
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    Re: Sore throat for almost 1 month now

    You may have LPR - laryngopharyngeal reflux. Many LPR sufferers never experience heartburn, but the symptoms are chronic sore throat, feeling of lump in throat, difficulty swallowing. I even had a swollen uvula for awhile. I think mine was brought on my overuse of antibiotics - doctors gave me four rounds in two months and three rounds of prednisone. All increase acid in the stomach.

    Old 07-10-2006, 10:32 AM   #3
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    Hey there...I just did a google search because i am a 24 yr old. female experiencing the almost identicle symptoms minus the snoring...but every way you explained the sickness i have...started as a cold...ear infection...switches sides daily...and is bad in the morning and at night i don't get it and i have had this for 2 weeks now...sooo worried that i quit smoking today even...although i really did limit my tobacco intake the minute the sickness started out, usually i would smoke 1/2 a pack i have been smoking 1 cigarette a its been a major adjustment and now i am so scared that i have completely stopped altogether...anyways i wanted to know if you got any more info on this and what the outcome became or if it just slowly died down...cus i am really scared and i don't have a job or health insurance right now so i kinda just have to play the waiting game...let me know please...thanks so much! -J3N

    Old 07-11-2006, 04:48 PM   #4
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    Re: Sore throat for almost 1 month now

    Do you have even a slight stuffy nose or sinuses? I wonder if you have post nasal drip? I would ask the ENT if that's a cause.

    I'm having almost the same problem but I can feel something in the nasopharynx area. I wake up with a sore throat, and slight difficulty swallowing.

    Keep us posted what the ENT says.

    Old 07-12-2006, 10:03 AM   #5
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    Re: Sore throat for almost 1 month now

    Been through all kind of tests, chest xrays, blood tests, pulmonary, cardiac stress, don't know whats wrong. Have throat problems, generally in the larnyx area. Last night, nose more congested than usual so coughing all night, throat very dry. I keep wondering if its due to acid. Hope this 3rd trip to the ent this month will give me some answers. Been miserable all year.
    I had that sleep apnea like problem earlier in the year when the sinus congestion was at its worst, waking up gasping for air. Now I wake up coughing. No simple solution from all the posts I read in the forums. I'll be sure to update when I see my ent again.

    Old 07-23-2006, 06:44 AM   #6
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    Re: Sore throat for almost 1 month now

    idn if i have the same thing, im a 20/m it started out as cold symptoms, and a minor cough, and day to day the stuffy nose and sneezing died down and my throat is freking so painful its been 5 days like this, i can barely talk or swallow, and my ears are all messed up too

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