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Annual Tonsil Infection - Remarkable Pattern

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Old 08-12-2010, 05:21 PM   #1
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Annual Tonsil Infection - Remarkable Pattern

Hi --

I have seen several doctors and specialists about a tonsil infection I get - like clockwork - once each Aug/Sept. It is kind of a fun puzzle (were it not for the pain) because of the remarkable pattern. No one has successfully diagnosed me. Here are the symptoms:

(1) Low, persistent fever, minor swelling of *one* tonsil (with visible pus in crypts), and very minor throat pain. Can feel mildly swollen lymph node(s) on side of neck that corresponds with infected tonsil.

(2) 2-4 days later: spike in fever (102-103F), tonsil explodes (can grow to cover more than half of throat), tonsil bleeding and pus in crypts. Severe throat pain and very swollen lymph nodes on side of neck that corresponds with infected tonsil.

(3) The infection does not seem to respond to antibiotics (but it is hard to tell because doctors invariably prescribe them to be safe). Seems to resolve on its own 1-3 weeks after (2) above. Usually affects only one tonsil, but has "ping-ponged" from one to the other (doesn't seem to seriously affect both simultaneously).

(4) I am HIV-, syphilis-, HSV I/II-.

(5) I have experienced that *exact* progression for the past six years, usually in mid-August to late-September. I just finished law school, and the pattern started when I was a Sophomore in college.

Any thoughts? Many thanks.

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